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Just letting everyone know I haven't abandoned this page! I've been really busy with finals coming up and I was in New York for a few days but everything should be updated this weekend since I have Monday off!

NEW COMMUNITY LAYOUT

THE PLAYOFFS ARE HERE: PISTONS LEAD SERIES 1-0
NEXT GAME, WEDNESDAY APRIL 26th.


DON'T FORGET TO COLLECT YOUR PLAYER MEDALLIONS EACH DAY!
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*coupons are available daily in the detroit news.

Already out: 
Ben Wallace
Antonio McDyess

GAME ONE: PISTONS WIN 92-74 SERIES 1-0 [PISTONS LEAD]
Minutes: 41
Points: 15
Rebounds: 8
Assists: 3
Blocks: 2


There was a nice article about Tayshaun in today's Detroit News.

Prince Perplexes Bucks
Forward's size and skill pose matchup problems.

Chris McCosky / The Detroit News

AUBURN HILLS -- Earlier this season, when the Pistons were still on pace to threaten the Chicago Bulls' record 72-victory season, former Bulls great Scottie Pippen was asked which current player most resembled him.

The verdict: Tayshaun Prince.

"That's like the greatest compliment you can have," coach Flip Saunders said. "But I also think it's true. Tayshaun does everything good and he's willing to accept whatever role you assign him and he accepts it graciously."

Don't look for the Bucks to be scoffing at the gaudy comparison. Prince continues to baffle them.

While coach Terry Stotts and his staff spent countless hours game-planning against the Pistons' three top scorers -- Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace -- Prince fell through the cracks and hit them with 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists in Game 1 on Sunday.

"Tay is really a luxury for us," Billups said. "He is a matchup problem for any team. If a team has a guy as tall as he is (6-foot-9), he's never going to be as fast and mobile as Tay. And if they put a smaller guy on him, he's a great post-up player. He doesn't just score off the post-up, either. He makes plays."

The Bucks are caught in that Catch-22. Their best antidote would be 13-year veteran Toni Kukoc, who at 6-11 has enough length and savvy to counter Prince. But Kukoc has a back injury that will keep him out at least through Game 2 on Wednesday.

"It's a lot different without Kukoc," Prince said. "When they take (small forward) Bobby Simmons out of the game and go small, that's when coach decides to throw it into the post to either me or Rip."

The Bucks have to pick their poison, regardless of who is in the game. Simmons and Michael Redd are unreliable defenders. Starting point guard T.J. Ford is too small to defend any of the three perimeter positions. Their best perimeter defender is reserve Charlie Bell, and when he's in the game, he usually has to guard Hamilton.

So, Prince should be in a position to wreak some havoc.

"I know what I have to do for my team to have a chance to win and lose," Prince said. "The situation in Game 1, I felt it was important to rebound because of Andrew Bogut and Jamaal Magloire and how Redd like to get on the boards.

"I have said all season, my role on this team is to do whatever is needed. There may be times when I have to score. There may be times when I have to defend certain players. Whatever it takes, that's what I do."

By the way, Prince was called on to guard Redd in the fourth quarter of Game 1. The result? Redd had two free throws and missed his only two shots.

Prince is no longer considered the X-factor. He is now a constant.

Prince played in 63 playoff games his first three seasons -- no player in NBA history has appeared in more in their first three seasons. He also has played in 312 straight games.

"No, I wouldn't have predicted that," said Scott Perry, director of player personnel for the Pistons. "But I always knew his approach to the game was very professional and I knew he loved to play. Watching him as a kid, he never sat out any AAU tournaments or any high school games. I always saw him out on the floor playing."

Prince never missed a game because of injury at Kentucky, either. Yet when he entered the draft, there were concerns about his durability.

"I never tried to prove people wrong as far as my ability or as far as what people might have said about me," Prince said. "I figured the only way to get through it was to go out and do what I do. I just try not to miss any games. If I don't play, I feel like I'm letting my teammates down, even if I am hurt. There are times when I've been banged up, but I feel like I still have to go out and perform. That's my job."

You can reach Chris McCosky at (313) 222-1489 or chris.mccosky@detnews.com.

                              
Tayshaun Prince elevated his play in Game 1, getting                            
15 points, eight rebounds and three assists.






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IT'S OFFICIALY THE PLAYOFFS! TONIGHT THE PISTONS PLAY THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS!





April 16 vs. NEW YORK KNICKS - W
Minutes: 29
Points: 20
Assists: 1
Rebounds: 4
SCORE: 103 - 97

April 17 @ MILWAUKEE BUCKS - L
Minutes: 18
Points: 0
Assists: 2
Rebounds: 1
Blocks: 1
SCORE: 92-113

April 19 vs. WASHINGTON WIZARDS - L
Minutes: 24
Points: 6
Assists: 1
Rebounds: 2
Blocks: 1
SCORE: 80-96

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APRIL 7 @ ORLANDO MAGIC - L
Minutes: 36
Points: 15
Rebounds: 1
Assists: 2
Steals: 3
SCORE: 87-89

APRIL 9 vs. INDIANA PACERS - W
Minutes: 27
Points: 17
Rebounds: 3
Assists: 3
Steals: 1
SCORE: 98-73

APRIL 12  vs. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS - W
Minutes: 34
Points: 14
Rebounds: 4
Assists: 3
SCORE: 96-73

APRIL 14 @ TORNTO RAPTORS - L
Minutes: 20
Points: 10
Rebounds: 2
Assists: 1
SCORE: 103-108

So, how many of you went to meet Tayshaun last week? I did! He was extremely nice & I was so nervous. He has the softest hands I have ever felt though.

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RECORD [after these games]: 61 & 14



March 31 vs. MILWAUKEE BUCKS - W
Minutes: 36
Points: 25
Rebounds: 5
Assists: 6
Blocks: 3
Steals: 3
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SCORE: 112-105

April 2 vs. PHOENIX SUNS - W
Minutes: 41
Points: 23
Rebounds: 8
Assists: 3
Steals: 1
SCORE: 109-102

April 4 vs. NEW ORLEANS [OKLAHOMA] HORNETS - W
Minutes: 32
Points: 18
Rebounds: 4
Assists: 3
Steals: 1
SCORE: 101-93

April 6 @ MIAMI HEAT - W
Minutes: 40
Points: 20
Rebounds: 8
SCORE: 95-82

exciting news!

WANT TO MEET TAYSHAUN?!

Now's your chance.

Tayshaun will be at the Meijer in Auburn Hills, Michigan on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, from 4:30pm-5:30pm. 
There will also be a scavenger hunt for kids, a Pistons prize wheel, and Hooper!

side not: I can't believe I'm finally going to meet my hero. I'm in total shock right now. Not to mention nervous, excited, anxious. The list goes on! 

EDIT: Could we get anymore exciting news today? Well, the answer is yes!
FIRST ANNUAL TAYSHAUN PRINCE BASKETBALL CAMP
US Sports Camps is proud to present the inaugural Tayshaun Prince Basketball Camp in Detroit, MI!

Our host facility is Wayne State University, a long time Nike Sports Camps location.  Gloria Bradley, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Wayne State University will administer the basketball instructional program.  Coach Bradley has directed the US Sports/ Nike Girls Basketball Camp for the last 4 summers.  Together with Tayshaun, Coach Bradley will help you become a BETTER PLAYER. 

Entering her sixth season, Coach Bradley has taken huge steps towards building a winning foundation at Wayne State.   During the 2002-2003 season, WSU posted a 17-12 record, earned a fourth consecutive berth to the GLIAC Tournament and advanced to the semifinals.  WSU also qualified for the NCAA tournament that year for the first time in school history. Prior to coming to WSU, Gloria spent seven seasons at the helm of the Montclair State Women’s Basketball Program, where she compiled a 114-69 record (.623), which included three Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships (1994, 1997, 1999), one New Jersey Athletic Conference title (1995) and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995.  A graduate of Seton Hall University, Bradley was a four-year letterwinner for the Pirates in basketball where she was named First Team All-Big East Conference and New Jersey Player of the Year in 1984.  Bradley was also drafted by in the seventh round by the Atlanta Comets of the American Basketball League in 1984. 

Tayshaun Prince will be on hand every day at camp helping you improve your game.  Tayshaun Prince hails from the highly touted University of Kentucky basketball program. At Kentucky, he earned a reputation as a great defender and agile scorer. Tayshaun was named a second-team Associated Press All-American after his junior season and a third-team AP All-American after his senior season. In his four years with the Cats, he averaged 13.1 points per game and finished as the seventh-leading scorer in UK history.

In June 2002 the Detroit Pistons selected Tayshaun with the 23rd pick in the first round of the NBA Draft.  In his second season in the NBA, Tayshaun played the role of defensive stopper. Detroit's defense ignited its run through the NBA playoffs, and Tayshaun was central to the defensive effort.The Pistons dethroned the LA Lakers in Game 5 of the 2004 NBA Finals and became the World Champions.

Lunch will not be provided.

http://www.ussportscamps.com/campinfo.asp?Vendor=&SubCampType=&State=MI&Region=MWSW&Sport=BSKT&CampType=12&CampCity=Detroit&RequestType=I&WebReg=1&TotalCT=1&CampNo=4020

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New community layout!
I don't think that when you click on the friends list, that the 'read' button works. But I doubt you look at the community's friends page anyway. But if you do, all you have to do is click on 'reply' then 'read comments' instead of replying.

March 26 vs. NEW JERSEY NETS - L
Minutes: 39
Points: 12
Rebounds: 4
Assists: 1
SCORE: 74-79

March 28 vs. DALLAS MAVERICKS - W
Minutes: 41
Points: 7
Rebounds: 1
Assists: 2
Blocks: 1
Steals: 1
SCORE: 97-90

March 29 @ PHILIDELPHIA SEVENTY-SIXERS - W
Minutes: 38
Points: 16
Rebounds: 5
Assists: 4
Steals: 2
SCORE: 101-91