There was something different about this victory. Sure, the Detroit Pistons have had the Orlando Magic's number over the past couple seasons, going 9-3 (not including Tuesday night), including a five-game win in the playoffs two years ago. However, the difference was that this was not one of those Pistons teams. Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, the last remaining (continuous) players from Detroit's 2004 title, did not suit up. While Rip has been out the last few games, Prince's absence may have surprised youùespecially if you tuned in late and confused Austin Daye with Prince (believe me folks, it will not be the last time!). So what is the significance of their absences? For one, it ended Prince's ironman streak of consecutive games played at 496 (second-most among active players) as ...
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