Detroit Pistons' Tayshaun Prince Needs To Do More On Offense

By John Raffel
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Tayshaun Prince realizes the Detroit Pistons continue to struggle on offense. But he doesn’t know how to fix it.

It’s not that Prince isn’t doing his part to help the Pistons. He is averaging 12.4 points a game and usually is steady. But he’s never been one to carry the team on his back. Someone else has to do that. Prince simply helps out any way he can, but he needs to do much more.

In a recent 88-76 NBA loss to the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week, Prince and the Pistons obviously fell short of the manpower needed offensively:

“In spurts we played well offensively. We’d take a couple quick shots here and there, and they would get out and do their thing. I thought we did some good things on the offensive end a majority of the game and got most of the shots we wanted,” he said.

What has hurt Prince and the Pistons, and continues to annoy Detroit fans, are those second-half turnovers which help to waste away any advantage they might have over any opponent they play.

“We played a good first half,” Prince said. “In the beginning of the third, once we turned it over a couple times and let them get out, it was to their advantage. You have to continue to take care of that basketball and when they shoot high-percentage shots we know of what type of team they can be and what they will do. We played good in spurts, and that’s been our trend.”

Coach Lawrence Frank admits that the Pistons are messing up on their screens.

“That’s when we have to be more precise with how we do things, especially when you’re going up against pressure,” he said. “Your screenings have to be great, your set-ups have to be good, the timing has to be precise, the pacing with which you play have to be right. You have to know it’s going to be harder. It’s the fourth quarter, then as you get into the last six minutes, then it gets to another level.”

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