Charlie Villanueva and Jonas Jerebko want to play.

They want to be the focal point of the team.

There's only one problem.

They play the same position — forward — for the Pistons.

"It is not about fight," Pistons point guard Jose Calderon said. "Yes, you are fighting for the same position and you want to work hard and do your best. But at the end of it, you are teammates. You are on the same page here and that is the way this team has to be."

But in another lost season — the Pistons are 61/2 games behind the Bucks for the final playoff spot in the East — guys are playing to impress coach Lawrence Frank for next year.

Mixed results

As Villanueva and Jerebko battle for playing time, they also fight consistency.

Villanueva played less than a minute the first 11 games before he hit a revival. After fighting his way into the rotation, however, he's working his way out of it again.

In the last three games, Villanueva is shooting 2-for-18, and the only reason he's still playing is because he rebounds — he has more rebounds (11) than points (nine).

"Everybody wants to play," Villanueva said.

While Jerebko got his chance, too, before slipping out of favor, he had a nice showing Monday against the Hawks, scoring 21 with six rebounds and three assists.

Still, he's watched 26 of the 59 games.

"Horrible," Jerebko said when asked how it feels to watch a game from the bench. "But I am trying to keep my head up and work on my game and control the things I can control and work on my game."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130227/OPINION03/302270330#ixzz2M78rIabl