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Tayshaun Prince returns home to Detroit, leaves after Grizzlies win easily, 105-91

The fans stood as he was introduced, and in the return to the arena he called home for nearly a decade, Tayshaun Prince made his first appearance in Detroit as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. As the teams met at centercourt before tip, Prince laughed as he appeared exchange conversation with his former teammates.

He didn’t do much on the court — scoring just four points on 2-for-7 shooting — but he walked away on the victorious side and saw his former team basically roll over. It was exactly why fans should be happy for Prince. It’s tough to see someone of his stature within the culture of the Pistons leave, but when you see where the Pistons and Grizzlies are at right now, you have to be happy for him.

Memphis Grizzlies 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Detroit Pistons
Jason Maxiell, PF 20 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -9He was a non-factor on offense. Actually, he wasn’t even close to being a factor and his jump shot is becoming increasingly colder than a Michigan winter. Just bad, bad, bad — but what’s new with you guys?
Greg Monroe, C 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -9He was relatively productive considering he was banging with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol all game, but the train really went off the tracks when he sat in the second quarter. Once he came back, the Grizzlies had seized momentum and it may have been too little too late… in the second quarter, that’s what kind of night it was.
Jose Calderon, PG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -10When the Pistons were clicking in the first quarter, it was because Calderon and Monroe were working the Grizzlies with pick-and-rolls. Then, the Grizzlies took control in the second quarter and, well, everything went to hell.
Brandon Knight, PG 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -20He had a GREAT first quarter, exactly what you want to see from him. He was decisive, aware and knew exactly what he wanted. But, that was one quarter and one quarter only. Knight started 4-of-5 shooting in the first, but finished by missing five of his next six. Yuck.
Kyle Singler, SG 22 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -9Singler rarely has bad games. He’s always average, slightly above average or slightly below. He’s kind of like a minor TV character, say, Al Rosen on Cheers — he’s always there, always doing something, but rarely does anything that has a memorable impact on the actual surrounding events.
Charlie Villanueva, PF 17 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -17I’m not sure who was worse, Villanueva or Maxiell. Can I just make a plea for Andre Drummond’s back to please get better as soon as possible. Also an underrated storyline is that he lost the battle of former Pistons’ BFFs to Austin Daye, who scored six points to Charlie V’s four.
Jonas Jerebko, PF 11 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +12This is how Jerebko looked before tearing his achilles three years ago. He was active, he was effective and he was a ball of energy. Granted, most of that production came with the game well out of reach, but it’s still progress from a guy who’s struggling.
Khris Middleton, SF 9 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +10Middleton played a couple minutes and had a pair of dunks. That’s about the most we’ve been able to type about him this season.
Viacheslav Kravtsov, C 21 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -5Kravtsov was a part of the (end of the) bench brigade that clawed to make the final score more respectable in the fourth quarter tonight. He had a nice alley-oop from Will Bynum in the first half, but still didn’t look totally confident/aware on defense. He’s still a project, but tonight was a career night.
Will Bynum, PG 18 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -4In recent weeks, we’ve seen much more of the inconsistently brilliant then mind-numbing Bynum from past years. With rumors of a possible trade to Oklahoma City floating around, let’s hope Sam Presti wasn’t paying attention tonight.
Rodney Stuckey, PG 23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -20None of the main bench cogs looked great tonight, but Stuckey looked the best. Most of his statistical production came during a time where Memphis was leading by 25-plus, though. So, basically, it was your average nondescript Stuckey game.
Kim English, SG 16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +11I made the joke tonight that English has nestled nicely into the role of Lawrence Frank’s proverbial white flag or victory cigar on appropriate nights. Tonight, however, he played pretty well. The defense is still shaky, but tonight was a good night for him.
Lawrence FrankThere were so many shots of Frank standing on the sideline shaking his head in disgust. That’s just the kind of night it was — a complete head shaker. The Grizzlies weren’t going to play as poorly as they did in the first quarter all game and the same goes for how well the Pistons played. There was nothing he could do tonight, but props for playing the end of the bench basically all fourth quarter; they could have easily rolled over along with the rotation guys, but they fought hard to make the final score less embarrassing.

20 Comments

  • Feb 20, 201312:57 am
    by MrCarter

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    Khravstov is the reincarnation of Eric Montross. He’s tall, and thats about it.

  • Feb 20, 201312:59 am
    by pistons moribund

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    A B- for someone who is suppose to be the future after going 6 and 9, WTF.  Please Joe, dont make us watch MFWB and Maxi on this team until the end of the year.  Just give them away and bring Ben back.  I had a dream that IU wanted their mascot back.

  • Feb 20, 20131:15 am
    by Mark

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    I think you were way too generous with the grades tonight. Looks like mostly B’s and C’s for a team that got throttled by 30 most of game, including what I think at one point was a 50-12 run between the 2nd and 3rd qtr by MEM. 

    Should be more like D’s and F’s tonight. I’ll excuse them tonight though being the first game after vacation against one of the best teams in the league, but that was an awful performance tonight.

     

  • Feb 20, 20132:08 am
    by Aj

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    I went to this game and I must say that Tayshaun ranks second in being welcomed back home of course behind chauncey. The crowd loved tay no matter what. Glad that both sides are in a better situation now.

  • Feb 20, 20134:45 am
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Frank should get an F. He stayed too long with his lovers Bynum on the second quarter. I thought the key played was when he turn the ball over on a 5-3 fast break. Momentum breaker. Should have gone back to starter on the 7 min mark of second. Too late Frank. Through with you and your coaching.. 

  • Feb 20, 20135:01 am
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    I just noticed in pistonpowered Maxiell was graded 3 F in a row. Is that a record? the last game before the streak he got a D+. Thats why I’m mad at him cos I watch all the F games he played

    • Feb 20, 20139:44 am
      by MIKEYDE248

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      I think he’s only got higher than a D once or twice in the past month or so too.  Good thing is that his minutes have been going down.  Hopefully once Drummond returns, they will go down even more.

  • Feb 20, 20136:06 am
    by Derek

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    To start off 4 for 5 then go 1 for 6 is not a problem.  The problem is not taking 10 more shots.  A player with the primary responsibility of a scorer has to shoot.  BK7 has shown he can score the ball, he’s got to continue on a torrid pace attempting to do so if he’s going to be a standout in that role.

    He can shoot from the outside.
    He can get to the hoop and above the rim (sometimes he finishes).

    I’d like to see a BK7 who attacks like Westbrook and Parker. 

  • Feb 20, 20136:08 am
    by Derek

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    The team looks listless.  I get the sense that guys are checking out because they aren’t winning and they won’t be back next year. 

    • Feb 20, 20136:45 am
      by Vince

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      Thats a scary thought when you realise that – barring any roster changes – 10 of those players will still be on contract with the team.

  • Feb 20, 20136:39 am
    by Vince

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    Didn’t watch the game but I can tell these games have been boring and very unimpressive. This is when you see the impact Dre has on the team.

  • Feb 20, 20137:49 am
    by Vic

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    Chalk this one up to Frank. No reason Monroe should only have 9 shots and less than 30 minutes after the way he’s been playing.

  • Feb 20, 20138:27 am
    by Derek

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    Core players need to play starter’s minutes.  I can tolerate a feeling things out session in the first couple of months of the season, but this 26 minutes a game stuff for someone like Monroe (cornerstone of the franchise) is intolerable.

    If Moose is to be a star…
    If BK7 is to be a primary scorer…
    If they with Dre are to be the prospective future of the franchise…

    Play those dudes at least 35 minutes a game.

    Make Moose shoot
    Force feed

  • Feb 20, 20138:34 am
    by Clint in Flint

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    Frank should not get a C, he should get a new job. I hear Burger King is hiring!

  • Feb 20, 20139:12 am
    by G

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    I agree that Monroe, Knight, Drummond & Calderon need to play more minutes. This was not the game to play Monroe 35-40 minutes in though. Seriously though, the Pistons have about as much disparity between their stars & bench players as the Heat do (although scaled down quite a bit), their minutes should be similar. You don’t HAVE to roll out a B team every game, you can sub one or 2 guys at a time and switch the starters back in.

  • Feb 20, 20139:50 am
    by MIKEYDE248

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    As much as I hate to see the Pistons get blown out, it was nice to see Frank finally empty his bench and give some good minutes to them.  When a game gets this far out of hand, there is no reason to keep the starters in.

  • Feb 20, 201311:50 am
    by RalphHau

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    The Pistons have become boring, by definition:  (Uninteresting and tiresome; dull) What happened with, we’re going to play fast, we’re going to run, run, run!  You bought yourself some standardbred horses but you are running them like pacers.   Keep playing this way and the Palace will be a thing of the past.

  • Feb 20, 201312:15 pm
    by Some random guy

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    It’s truly a shame when Middleton finally comes in the game and score more then CV and maxiell  put together 

  • Feb 20, 20131:20 pm
    by D_S_V

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    Detroit has enough skill on the roster to consistently beat the bottom quarter or so of the league, as well as compete with the middling teams on a semi regular basis… but there is an ocean sized gap between Detroit and the contenders. Frank coaches for the W’s, not for the future, and I don’t blame him for this. I just wish Dumars could force his hand and trade a few of the currently more skilled players for the potentially untapped potential talent that sits on the bench while we ride this currently 32 win projected pace (per Hollinger’s odds). At least one more blue chip draft pick needs to be added before the Pistons can start a push for serious contention. I’d rather Joe D save this cap flexibility and focus on adding another young talent before bringing in any ‘finishing piece(s) of the puzzle.’ So bottom out a bit down the stretch, add a high draft pick, if possible resign Calderon to a short reasonable deal (otherwise let him walk – he’s 12 years older than Drummond), and move on with cap space in tact for future trade/free agent possibilities.

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