Pistons' Charlie Villanueva Suspended Five Games For Fight With Cavaliers

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Charlie Villanueva Suspension: Pistons Forward Will Sit Out Four, Not Five, Games

The NBA has decided to reduce Charlie Villanueva's suspension from five games to four in accordance to the league's schedule being truncated this season. Villanueva sat out the final game of last season, meaning he'll need only to miss the first three games for the Detroit Pistons when the regular season starts on Monday.

The Pistons forward was ejected for an altercation with Ryan Hollins of the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. A quick recap of the incident was published earlier on SB Nation Detroit:

Monday's incident began midway through the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 110-101 victory at the Palace. Villanueva, angered by what he felt was an intentional elbow moments earlier, set a screen on Hollins while simultaneously delivering a blow to his groin. Hollins immediately grabbed Villanueva, and the two began grappling while reaching at each other's faces.

After being ejected, Villanueva attempted to confront Hollins again in the visiting team tunnel and at the Cavaliers' bench. Following the game, he then tried to get to the Cleveland locker room but was stopped by police. That attempt to escalate the altercation is what led the league to issue a multi-game suspension, according to NBA vice president Stu Jackson.

Villanueva is penciled in as the team's starting power forward, but it's likely Austin Daye -- who started the team's final preseason game -- will get the start in his absence.

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Pistons' Charlie Villanueva Receives Five-Game Suspension For Altercation With Cavaliers

The NBA has suspended Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva for his altercation with the Cleveland CavaliersRyan Hollins on Monday night.

Villanueva was issued a five-game suspension, which begins with the Pistons’ regular season finale Wednesday night at Philadelphia. With only one game remaining on the Pistons’ schedule, Villanueva will serve the remainder of his penalty during the first four games of next season.

The incident in question occurred during the fourth quarter of Detroit’s 110-101 loss to the Cavaliers in its home finale.

Here’s more from FOX Sports Detroit:

Monday’s incident began midway through the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s 110-101 victory at the Palace. Villanueva, angered by what he felt was an intentional elbow moments earlier, set a screen on Hollins while simultaneously delivering a blow to his groin. Hollins immediately grabbed Villanueva, and the two began grappling while reaching at each other’s faces.

After being ejected, Villanueva attempted to confront Hollins again in the visiting team tunnel and at the Cavaliers’ bench. Following the game, he then tried to get to the Cleveland locker room but was stopped by police. That attempt to escalate the altercation is what led the league to issue a multi-game suspension, according to NBA vice president Stu Jackson.

Villanueva was already in Philadelphia with the Pistons when the suspension was announced.

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Charlie Villanueva Needs To Be Restrained By Police After Ejection

Charlie Villanueva has made headlines once again this season, but again for something other than his play. During the fourth quarter of Monday night's loss to the Cavs, he and Ryan Hollins got into a little scuffle that blew up shortly thereafter [via MLIVE]:

Charlie Villanueva and Ryan Hollins become locked up with each other on the court with 5:47 left in the game. Each raked the other across the face with his hand before the two were separated.

A few moments later, after both were ejected, Villanueva tried to get at Hollins but was wrestled toward the tunnel by Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey and head of security Jerry Hendon. As he made his way down the tunnel, Villanueva gestured toward Hollins as if challenging him to meet him in the locker room area.

According to reports by witnesses, Villanueva later raced out of the Pistons locker room and ran toward the Cavaliers locker room. At one point, he yelled, "I'm going to kill that dude." Police eventually restrained Villanueva in a loading dock area between the locker rooms and led Villanueva back to the Pistons locker room.

According to MLIVE's James Schmehl, Hollins threw an elbow that caught Villanueva in the lip and then said something 'smart.' Villanueva admitted he probably overreacted.

Here's video of the incident in question.

For more on the Pistons, check out Detroit Bad Boys.

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