Second-year forward Tayshaun Prince had one of his strongest games as a pro Thursday, and it just happened to help Detroit win its first-round series vs. Milwaukee. In Game 5, he racked up 24 points on 11-of-15 field-goal shooting and added nine rebounds and eight assists. Prince takes his recent strong play into round two vs. the Nets.
Brad Miller's big numbers understandably dropped upon Chris Webber's return, and interestingly, a struggling Webber in Game 5 vs. Dallas (5-of-15 from the floor, five turnovers) was offset by Miller's best night in more than a month. The 7-footer had 21 points (10-of-14 FG), six assists and five boards in 44 minutes as Sacramento advanced.
Mike Bibby, Sac. VGM value: 16.2 Thursday: The guard posted a plus-41 efficiency rating after combining a career playoff-high 36 points with eight assists and five steals in a 119-118 Kings win.
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Marquis Daniels, Dal. VGM value: 6.6 Tuesday: Daniels hit 7-of-12 from the field in totaling 19 points and six rebounds, but Dallas' season came to an end.
TIME TO TUNE IN
Friday on ESPN
Hornets at Heat, 7 p.m. ET
Nuggets at Wolves, 9:30 ET
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"I'm an easy-going guy. I'm not up one day and down the next."
-- Tayshaun Prince on his steadily fine play in the first round.