Charlie Villanueva could return Friday


Eric Lacy of The Detroit News:

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva claimed Thursday his right ankle is pain-free and that he’s ready to play Friday against the Hawks.

For the second straight week, Villanueva participated in full-contact practices, positive signs since his last game action was more than two months ago.

“I’m going to give it a go tomorrow,” Villanueva said after Thursday’s practice. “Pain-free — right now.”

Lawrence Frank wouldn’t confirm that Villanueva will play, but he’s obviously close to returning. As oft-criticized as Villanueva is, it’s good for both him and the Pistons if he can get back on the court and see if he fits with this team/coaching staff as the season winds down.

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