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Pistons’ Villaneuva Leaves Game

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BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 17: Charlie Villanueva #31 of the Detroit Pistons positions himself for a rebound against Kris Humphries #43 of the Brooklyn Nets on April 17, 2013 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, NY – APRIL 17: Charlie Villanueva #31 of the Detroit Pistons positions himself for a rebound against Kris Humphries #43 of the Brooklyn Nets on April 17, 2013 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva left Tuesday night’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards with a sore back. The team said he would not return.

Villanueva, beginning his eighth NBA season, did not score in 3 minutes in the first half.

He averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 69 games last season.

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