Prince to start as Pistons host LeBron's Cavaliers
Auburn Hills — After their flurry of moves at the trade deadline, the retooled Pistons are going with a new starting lineup tonight at The Palace.
Newly acquired Tayshaun Prince will get his first start in his second stint with the Pistons in tonight's matchup against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30.
Prince, who was part of last week's trade with the Celtics, missed Sunday's win over the Wizards but will join Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond as starters against the Cavs.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy pointed to Prince's experience as a factor in giving him the starting nod, but also keeping the bench rotation intact, allowing both new pieces — Prince and Jackson — to play together.
"When we go to our second unit, if we want to run more of menu of stuff, we can do it, instead of having one (new) guy in each (group)," Van Gundy said. "(Prince) picks things up really quickly; we probably could have put in even more (plays). We're good with what we have. I think it will help him assimilate quicker."
After playing his first 11 seasons with the Pistons, Prince has been with the Grizzlies for two seasons before being traded to the Celtics, where he played nine games. He's averaging 7.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 35 games this season.
Van Gundy also indicated that he plans to use Spencer Dinwiddie off the bench, because of the potential matchup he'd have with Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova.
"Right now, the plan is to go with Spencer. Even though he didn't make any shots the other night — and he's going to have to make some — I like the way he's playing," Van Gundy said. "I like his poise, I like his approach and his size gives us an advantage.
"Dellavadova is not really big, but he's not a jet. He's a very good player but one that matchup-wise, Spencer should be able to play against."
Dinwiddie was scoreless on six shot attempts but had seven assists against the Wizards. In Friday's game against the Bulls, he had 12 points and nine assists.