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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wallace out, Villanueva to start tonight

Ben Wallace will miss Thursday’s preseason game against the Timberwolves with what coach John Kuester said was a sore knee. Charlie Villanueva will start in Wallace’s place. Villanueva is playing his second game of the preseason, after missing the first five with a hamstring injury.

Kuester said both Kwame Brown (hand) and Tayshaun Prince (toe) will suit up. Brown had X-rays on his left hand Thursday, but Kuester said he had not seen the final results. Prince missed the Pistons last two preseason games with a sprained big toe and was unsure Wednesday if he was going to be able to go.

UPDATE: Chris Wilcox started in place of Brown Thursday night and Brown did not play. Kuester said he had not seen results for Brown's X-rays yet and he is questionable for Friday's game in Milwaukee.

“One of the things that happened right before the game, Arnie (Kander) said … he would like to take one off,” Kuester said. “That’s fine because he’s been banged up. Kwame’s done a real nice job the entire preseason and it allowed Chris (Wilcox) an opportunity to play.”


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