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"The Palace Prince" Saves. [May. 24th, 2004|09:00 pm]
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[Special Music |The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away]

"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.

Tayshaun Prince on Draft Day.

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.


[User Picture]From: gjenkins05
2004-05-24 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm suprised it was that close at the end. I saw Detroit was up 6 with a minute to go and turned back to Raw, LOL.

Tayshaun Prince is one of those guys who all of a sudden when it is playoff time becomes a key-money guy. Maybe it was his experience of winning at Kentucky, but I've noticed once "Tourney time" rolls around Prince blows up.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-24 09:24 pm (UTC)
He did this to some success last year as well.

I've got my Palace Prince T-Shirt. I wear my Pistons hat in Laker-land.

Plus, Tayshaun's 7-foot wingspan is a true oddity. He's all arms at times.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-24 09:27 pm (UTC)

Mizcrank_ljuser . . . picture of the block.

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[User Picture]From: lordjunon
2004-05-25 12:14 am (UTC)
I've only been following basketball good for the past couple years.. and i must say that block was one of the most awesome blocks i have eer seen. Reasons like that are why the pistons are gonna win the east.

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-25 12:19 am (UTC)
Tayshaun did it with the grace of a bird . . . he caught Reggie Miller in the unexpected decline of his mobility . . . the resulting footage of the block becomes an instant classic because of the oddity of Tayshaun looking much faster than he actually is . . .

Miller is slow as molasses. While he is one of the best outside shooters of all-time, he lacks necessary speed to compete. Indiana made the mistake of rushing a break-away with Miller of all people . . . he's a good free-throw shooter. Detroit would have fouled him!

All Miller had to do was get the ball past half-court, accept his slowness, and wait for the foul. He could have even allowed the other big guy to race down the court to catch a possible rebound for a 3-point attempt . . .

Miller made the mistake of lunching it to the basket . . . enter Tayshaun, and enter one of the finest moments in playoff history.

A denial . . . a denial.
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