|"The Palace Prince" Saves.
||[May. 24th, 2004|09:00 pm]
|[||In the Moment
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"Defense wins Championships" is an oft-used phrase. It is sport-cliché.
However, tonight, the ending to Game 2 of the Conference Finals gives better meaning.
With the game on the line, on a fast-break, the aged and great Reggie Miller trotted to the basket to make a lay-up to tie the game.
Suddenly, Tayshaun Prince, the young member of the Pistons, raced from behind to give a beautiful block, without effort or foul.
The printable play-by-play reads:
0:17) [IND] Miller Layup Shot: Missed * Block: Prince (4 BLK)
The play, however, looks amazing on the television, due to Reggie Miller's lack of speed.
The play signifies the end of Reggie Miller's career.
Tayshaun "Palace" Prince's play is a Prince-rinse to the slate. The series is 1-1, and it goes to Detroit.
Joe Dumars knows defense. With Tayshaun's selection 2 years ago, Joe picked a winner.
Rasheed's prediction came true, thanks to the coaching direction of Coach Brown, the hustle of the Pistons, and the spectacular defense . . . 19 blocks were registered by the Pistons in Game 2.
Tayshaun and the block, from ESPN's recap:
Tayshaun Prince was several steps behind Reggie Miller as the play of the game unfolded. The Indiana Pacers had just come up with a steal, and Miller was about to drop in a game-tying breakaway layup.
One stunning leap later, everything changed.
Prince sprinted in from midcourt and made a perfectly timed block to put a finishing flourish on another dominant defensive display as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Indiana Pacers 72-67 Monday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece.
"In that situation, a two-point game, I've just got to make a play on the ball," Prince said. "Before I got there I knew it was going to be a tough play, but once I put my hand on the ball it was a good block.
"He slowed up just a little bit at the last second and gave me time to get there."
The block was the 19th of the game for the Pistons, one shy of the NBA playoff record set by Philadelphia in 1981.
Detroit's Goin' to Work.