Villanueva suffers broken nose
"Surgery tomorrow, wish me luck, I will send a tweet during surgery, lol, the mask is on its way, lets go," Charlie Villanueva posted on his twitter page Sunday.
Villanueva’s nose was bleeding profusely as he lay under the basket. He returned to the game to shoot two free throws with a piece of tissue stuck in his nose because it would not stop bleeding. Villanueva knocked down both free throws and then quickly exited the game. He went back to the locker room and did not return.
"Well broke my nose in today game against the Hawks, all I really cared about was to make those two free throws, great win for us," Villanueva wrote on his Twitter page.
"Let me tell you, that guy got popped pretty good, had blood everywhere and was very courageous in regards to going back and knocking down those foul shots," Pistons coach John Kuester said. "Those ended up being big foul shots."
It is unclear how much time, if any, Villanueva will miss at this point. Villanueva had 13 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes before leaving the game. He came off the bench for the first time this season, with Jason Maxiell starting at power forward.