The Detroit Pistons came into the final week before the All-Star break off the back of a couple of their best performances of the season. Not only that, but with the departure of Maurice Cheeks as head coach, there was a new voice for the Pistons’ players to listen to in the huddles. For the moment anyway, John Loyer has been promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach, with the rumors being that he will stay in that position until the end of the season.
The week, and Loyer’s coaching career, began with the visit of one of the most illustrious coaches in the NBA, as Gregg Popovich and his San Antonio Spurs made their only appearance of the season in the Palace of Auburn Hills. After that game, the Pistons stayed at home as the Cleveland Cavaliers made their way to the Motor City for the second meeting of the season between these divisional rivals.
The Pistons went on to finish the week 1-1.