The Stat Line of the Night — 3/7/10 — Tayshaun Prince
Things have not gone well for the Detroit Pistons this season. After a flurry of activity during the offseason was heavily criticized by most of the media and fans, the Pistons have fallen far short of expectations and injuries have not helped the situation. With newly minted Pistons Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva not contributing as much as they were supposed, along with Rodney Stuckey collapsing on the bench the other night, the Pistons needed someone else to step up and end their 3-game skid. Enter Tayshaun Prince.
Prince, known mostly as a role player early in his career on some dominant Pistons teams has stepped into more of a leadership role this season. Although his numbers are down a bit, he is clearly the veteran leader of the team. He showed why last night, stepping up big time with 29 points on 13/22 shooting. He also added 10 rebounds and 3 assists to that total. With Stuckey riding the pine nursing an injury, Will Bynum, the short guard from Chicago, was able to dish out 11 assists and help Prince lead the Pistons to victory.
Tayshaun isn’t going to win many individual honors, its just not the kind of player he is. He is a team player who is appreciated by people in the sport more than outside of it. That being said, his 29 point outburst came at a time when his team sorely needed it, and it earns him “The Stat Line of the Night”.