Memphis Grizzlies Thrive with Addition of Tayshaun Prince

By John Raffel
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

It didn’t take long for Tayshaun Prince to find the groove for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Prince, acquired last week from the Detroit Pistons in an NBA  trade that also resulted in the departure of Rudy Gay, was 7-of-11 in shooting and scored 14 points for his new team in an 85-76 victory against the Washington Wizards over the weekend.

Prince saw nearly 32 minutes of action and was his steady self. He came off the bench after having started 672 straight games for the Pistons.

He’s expected to be a fixture in the Grizzlies’ lineup, which will suit Prince just fine since for the first time in five seasons he’s playing for a legitimate NBA contender.

But when you play for a team that you started for in 672 games, it certainly takes some adjustment.

“I was shocked obviously,” Prince said after the trade. “I knew that this was going to be a tough game for these guys to play, tough circumstances, for me it’s definitely a tough time but now it’s time for me to go on to the next page and make the most of it.

“I thought things were starting to go well (in Detroit) as of late, I thought the last month we were making strides. It’s intriguing because I think about the last two weeks seeing where Rudy Gay wanted out and I never thought I’d be a part of it.”

Prince won’t exactly fill in the shoes that Gay leaves but he’s going to give his new team the steady production it needs.

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