NEW YORK (AP) _ Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva was
suspended for five games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for
initiating an on-court altercation with Cleveland’s Ryan Hollins,
trying to get at the Cavaliers’ bench and twice attempting to enter
their locker room.

With 5:47 left in the Pistons’ 110-101 home loss to the
Cavaliers on Monday night, Villanueva and Hollins got tangled in a
screen and grabbed each other the neck area.

Villanueva attempted to get at Cleveland’s bench and had to be
restrained by teammates and security personnel. He left the floor,
then twice attempted to enter the Cavs’ locker room.

Villanueva served the first game of the suspension Wednesday
night in Detroit’s season finale in Philadelphia. The remaining
four games will be served next season.

Cleveland coach Byron Scott was asked if he felt the suspension
was appropriate.

“How much does he make?” Scott said Wednesday night before the
Cavs played Washington in their season finale. “It might be a
pretty good little chunk. I didn’t know it was going to be that
many games. But the fact that you’re running toward the locker room
and going into the locker room of the opposing team, obviously they
are gong to hit you pretty hard. I still don’t understand what he
was doing. Only Charlie knows.”
AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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