Charlie Villanueva continues to provide valuable production for the Detroit Pistons. He and his teammates just need to figure out a way to win.
Villanueva was 5-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-5 in 3-point attempts for 12 points, three rebounds and one assist.
In the second half against the Mavericks, “I really think it was more we were getting stops defensively and getting an opportunity to get out and get some baskets in transition,” said Pistons assistant coach Brian Hill. “When Charlie (Villanueva) came into the game, it gave us a lift, primarily because of how Dallas was playing him; they didn’t want to leave him.”
Dallas’ Vince Carter agreed.
“I think we left a very good shooter open who was starting to feel his groove,” said Carter. “I do not care how many minutes he played or did not play. He hit one, maybe two, and just got himself in a groove.”
While other Pistons like Rodney Stuckey are in horrible shooting slumps, Villanueva is providing hope for Detroit with his play from off the bench.
Villanueva is averaging 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds a game in his 53 appearances, none as a starter. His shooting percentage, at 39 percent, needs to get much better.
He’s averaging 16.8 minutes per game, but that’s likely to go up in the next few weeks as the Pistons try to salvage something out of another disappointing season.