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3 months ago Video 2 comments
Lawrence Frank was blunt about Detroit's lack of effort against the Grizzlies -- and heaped praise upon two of Memphis' players. Watch his comments above, or check out the transcription below:
3 months ago Article 18 comments
The Pistons were outscored 62-30 in the middle two quarters and by 22 after the first quarter en route to a 105-91 loss in Tayshaun Prince's first game back at The Palace since being traded a couple weeks ago.
3 months ago GameThread 167 comments
Welcome back Tay (and Daye)!
3 months ago Update 0 comments
While most of the attention tonight has focused on Tayshaun Prince, let's not forget that Austin Daye is returning, too. Daye spoke earlier tonight about the trade and returning to the Palace. From David Mayo of MLive.com:
"I was happy with the trade and I was glad I got the opportunity to play with a playoff team and now I'm playing good minutes and I've been productive," Daye said. "So it's been good. It's been great for me."
[...] He hasn't been told anything about his future in Memphis.
"I haven't asked yet," he said. "I'm just out here trying to play basketball the right way and help my team get wins. Then, whenever that comes up, it'll come up to my agent and the team."
Daye understandably places a little added emphasis on playing his former team for the first time.
"I think every player does," he said. "I don't think any player who gets traded from one team to another doesn't want to come back and get a win. That's what I'm looking for. I'm not really looking for an individual game tonight. I'm just looking for the team to get a win here in Detroit."
3 months ago Update 0 comments
Yeah, this is definitely weird.
3 months ago Update 1 comment
He's No. 5 in games and minutes played, No. 8 in points scored, No. 8 in field goals made and attempted, No. 5 in three-pointers, No. 10 in total rebounds and assists, No. 7 in blocks -- and this is just the regular season. Considering the Pistons advanced to the conference finals in each of his first six seasons, his presence on the career playoff leaderboard is even more ridiculous.
Needless to say, Prince accomplished a little bit of everything in 10-plus years in Detroit, but tonight, he'll do something new: take the court for the first time as a visiting player. He spoke to reporters after the Grizzlies' shootaround this morning, admitting it hasn't quite sunk in. From Vince Ellis:
"To be honest with you, it didn't feel different like I thought it would," Prince said of arriving at the Palace this morning. "The only thing that felt different was my first game in Memphis.
"When I ran out that tunnel, I was like, 'This doesn't feel right.' I'm pretty sure it will feel different tonight."
In six games so far with the Grizzlies, Prince has averaged 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 32.2 minutes per game. And even though he's been with the team for a very short time, he's already etched his name onto the Grizzlies' leaderboard: he tied a franchise record for most field goals without a miss with a perfect 8 for 8 performance on Feb. 10, finishing with 18 points.
Prince also spoke about the differences of playing for the Grizzlies, who are battling for homecourt advantage in the playoffs, versus the Pistons, who are simply trying to regain relevancy. From Vinnie Goodwill:
"They're in a position where they can get a great playoff spot and I'm just here to help," Prince said. "It's been a great opportunity. With the position they're in, you have the fuel and energy. With the way things have been (in Detroit), you come in with that down mentality.
"When you're playing good ball and beating quality teams, things start to roll around. The energy has been good for me."
[...] "Being in a position where we weren't playing good ball, the attendance wasn't that high," Prince said. "Hopefully it'll be a good crowd tonight. It'll be a high-energy game, especially from Austin and me. Because you always want to play good against your team when you first play them."
I hope Prince gets the long standing ovation that he deserves -- although I hope that's immediately followed with a competitive Pistons win. The Grizzlies have gone 4-2 with Prince in the lineup; the Pistons, meanwhile, have gone 4-5 since the trade, including 3-3 since Jose Calderon got his visa in order.
Now your thoughts.