A week after being surrounded by controversy, Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva guaranteed a victory over the Toronto Raptors in the Pistons final home game of the season Monday night. The Pistons lost 111-97.
It wasn’t Joe Dumars’ dream free agent Chris Bosh who the Pistons had to worry about, as he sat out with a broken nose. It was Andrea Bargnani who stole the show.
Bargnani scored 33, including 5-6 from distance, and added 7 boards.
Pistons’ head coach John Kuester said, “We tried everything. We did all of our schemes defensively. He missed his first couple, and I thought, ‘All right. We’re going to be all right.’ Then, they got on a roll. This is a team that, once they get hot, they stay hot. And they stayed hot. I give them credit.” (from MLIVE.com)
The Raptors shot 60% from the floor, going 9 for 15 from distance as a team.
With the loss, the Pistons were unable to play spoiler, as Toronto moved within a half game of Chicago for the final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
Villanueva guaranteed the victory via Twitter.
“I don’t think that fired them up because they had something to play for,” Villanueva said. “I thought we would come ready to play, and I’m shocked we didn’t after the way we’ve played lately.” (from ESPN).
Detroit (26-55) is having its worst season since the 1993-1994 season in which they lost 62 games.
Make it end.