clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The physical effects of smallball

New, comments

Tayshaun Prince is feeling the physical effects of playing out of position at the four. From Keith Langlois at True Blue Pistons:

"It's not even close," he said of the difference to his body between guarding a small forward for 40 minutes or playing 40 minutes at power forward. "There's so many more things the big men have to do. Boxing out, your guy setting screens, fighting through screens and also bigs setting pick and rolls and you've got to help the guard and get back to the big and try to box him out. The little things. (Playing small forward) is not so much wear and tear on you as far as body contact. There's a lot of perimeter-oriented stuff. The only thing you worry about at the three is pick and rolls.

"At the end of the day, no matter what, you're going to be tired. But playing the four, or playing against Utah and going double overtime against Mehmet (Okur), those types of games, when you wake up the next day, you're going to feel it as opposed to guarding a strong three man. You just pretty much have to keep him in front of you and make them take jump shots. He's not crashing the boards every time so you have to box him out. When you're at the four, you have to do those types of things."