Pistons' Prince continues to progress

Updated: May 4, 2004, 12:00 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Richard Jefferson can play in the Olympics after the NBA season is over. Carmelo Anthony can have the regular-season Rookie of the Year runner-up award if there is such a thing. Desmond Mason can even keep his Slam Dunk trophy from some past All-Star Weekend.

All Detroit Pistons small forward Tayshaun Prince wants is the playoffs.

"Those insomniacs who endured the evening's offensive futility might have captured Tayshaun Prince's graduation from reliable contributor to dominating force," wrote Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp, after the Pistons defeated the Nets 78-56 Monday night. "He has taken his shots in the past, physically and mentally. But he delivered them Monday. The second-year small forward continues to grow before our eyes."