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Pistons impress under Loyer in immediate aftermath of coaching change


Detroit Pistons interim head coach John Loyer stands on the sideline the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (The Associated Press)

John Loyer led the Detroit Pistons to a victory in his debut as interim coach, but he was careful not to take too much credit for it.

Loyer said he was just glad his team played hard in a 109-100 win over San Antonio on Monday. Loyer spent much of the night yelling out instructions in a raspy voice from the sideline in a game his team led comfortably for the entire second half.

It was an immediate contrast to the more mild-mannered Maurice Cheeks, the coach the Pistons fired a day earlier.

Of course, sideline demeanors can be deceiving, and it remains to be seen whether the Pistons will be any more consistent under Loyer than they were under Cheeks.