–Forward Charlie Villanueva had to be restrained from attacking Cleveland center Ryan Hollins after both were ejected Monday night. Villanueva took an elbow from Hollins and responded by hitting him below the belt. When Villanueva set a pick on Hollins at the other end, Hollins grabbed him and Villanueva pushed Hollins in the face.
It got uglier when Villanueva was escorted from the court. Rodney Stuckey and security official Jerry Hendon restrained him from going after Hollins. Moments later, Villanueva charged through the tunnel between the home and visitors’ locker room and had to be restrained by police from confronting Hollins, yelling “I will kill that dude,” in the process.
“I got upset,” he said in the locker room later. “It should have just stayed on the court. I shouldn’t let my emotions get the best of me. It was a heat of the moment thing.”
–The Pistons’ loss Monday ensures they will finish with the seventh-worst record in the league. They were also in the No. 7 spot during the annual draft lottery last season and remained in that spot. Detroit needs a victory at Philadelphia in the season finale Wednesday to reach the 30-win mark.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“You’ve got to be careful of the quiet ones, right?” — Forward Charlie Villanueva, on his fourth-quarter scuffle with Cleveland center Ryan Hollins and ejection Monday. Villanueva had to be stopped by security officials from entering the visitors’ locker room to confront Hollins.
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