He's the only Pistons starter not to make an All-Star appearance this year, but don't think that means Tayshaun Prince is any less valuable than his four teammates. That's because Prince is playing like the team's MVP in the postseason -- never more so than in Game 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Charged with stopping the All-Star Game's MVP, LeBron James, on the defensive end, Prince also helped carry his team on the offensive end when his teammates struggled.
Prince logged 47:02 court time in the elimination game -- those 52 seconds of rest being the only breather Prince received in three full games -- scoring 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting. The lanky 6-9 forward was active around the basket all night, as he hauled in seven boards, including four on the offensive end that led to six second-chance points.
For Marion, the totals speak for themselves: 55 minutes, 36 points on 16-of-33 shooting and 20 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.
Game 7 vs. Cleveland marked Prince's 75th Playoff game in his first three seasons -- the most by any player in NBA history in his first three seasons as a pro. Manu Ginobili ranks second on the list at 69 games.