Sunday, August 17, 2008

Prince Gave A Little Taste of Pistons Tradition to US Team

Fans of Team USA Mens Basketball are celebrating after defeating Spain in a "not even" close game victory 119-82 when the game was pretty much decided in the 2nd half. However, for the Pistonsland, people are also proud of Tayshaun Prince after contributing a little taste of team basketball and defensive intensity to Team USA, traditions that revolves around the Detroit Pistons for decades.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski even had a hot hand, calling on Tayshaun Prince - who didn't play until garbage time of Thursday's win over Greece - to start the second period. And Prince made an immediate impact.
On the U.S. Team's second possession of the quarter, with Spain switching to zone, James found Prince in the corner, and he calmly stroked a three. After a miss by Juan Carlos Navarro, Prince and James hooked up on a give-and-go alley-oop on the break, with James throwing down a one-handed flush.
Even with the hot shooting, the Americans' tenacious defense was again the key to victory. They forced 28 Spain turnovers, 17 of them in the first half, when the game was decided. Spain actually shot 8-for-13 in the first quarter, but nine turnovers had it nine points behind at the end of one.

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