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Who Is John Loyer?

On Sunday, Feb. 9th, the Detroit Pistons announced their dismissal of head coach Maurice Cheeks. In his absence, management chose to leave assistant coach John Loyer in charge of the team.

Loyer is in his third season with the Pistons. Before coming to the Motor City, Loyer spent two seasons with the New Jersey Nets as assistant coach under Lawrence Frank. In his first season as assistant coach in New Jersey, the Nets finished dead last in the league with a final record of 12-70.  His second year was slightly more promising with a 12th place finish in the Eastern Conference.

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Pistons Struggle as Other Teams Improve

Throughout the last few years, the Charlotte Bobcats have easily been one of the most disappointing teams in the NBA. With Michael Jordan working in the front office, one would think that the team would do better.

While Charlotte has had flurries of hope over the last five years, including a playoff appearance in the 2009-10 season, the following seasons at or near the bottom of the East is not the turnaround the franchise hoped for.

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Pistons Weekly Recap: February 5-10

Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons finished their two-game Florida road trip against the Orlando Magic.

The Magic had no trouble scoring against the Pistons’ defense, scoring more than 30 points in the second and third quarters. It was another lackluster performance from the Pistons as they lost 112-98.

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NBA Trade Deadline Targets: Jeff Green

With just two weeks until the All-Star break, the Pistons find themselves a half game out of the playoffs in an embarrassingly weak Eastern Conference. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, Joe Dumars will almost certainly make a move that could make or break the season.

Jeff Green was a standout at Georgetown before being drafted No. 5 overall in 2007 by the Boston Celtics. He was traded to Seattle on draft night and spent three years with the SuperSonics and the Thunder. Green was traded back to the Celtics in 2011 at the trade deadline, but missed the entire 2011-2012 season with a heart complication

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Opinion: Was Josh Smith Worth It?

After being absent from the playoffs for nearly four consecutive seasons, the Detroit Pistons finally have a chance of returning to the NBA postseason. As the all-star break approaches, the team vies with the Charlotte Bobcats and New York Knicks for that coveted eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. A playoff berth would provide a second wind to the teams’ tiring fan base.

To whom do the Pistons owe this honor? Perhaps to Josh Smith, the new addition to the team, or perhaps not.

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Pistons Weekly Recap: January 28- February 1

The Detroit Pistons looked to end their four-game losing streak Tuesday night when they hosted the Orlando Magic.

Detroit completely outplayed the Magic, outscoring them by 12 points in the second quarter and eight points in the third.

Andre Drummond led the Pistons, scoring 13 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Brandon Jennings also had a solid game for Detroit, scoring 20 points and dishing out eight assists. Read More…

NBA Trade Deadline Targets: Arron Afflalo

The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Detroit Pistons are right in the middle of trade discussions. Who would look good in the Pistons’ red and blue?  Who could be packing their bags to a new hometown?

There are four weeks until the deadline, and each week until then, Horsepower will be informing you on potential deals the Pistons could make.

This week features a former Piston and one of the most under appreciated players in the entire league.

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Pistons Weekly Recap: January 22-26

Wednesday night, the Pistons traveled to Wisconsin to challenge the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks came into the game with the worst record in the NBA at 8-32.

The Pistons led by six points at halftime, but could never break away. Detroit’s second half struggles continued and the Pistons lost the game, 104-101.

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Opinion: State of the Pistons

While their history may be legendary, the past few years for the Detroit Pistons’ basketball organization have been the complete opposite.

The Pistons have not made the playoffs since 2009 and these past four years have been brutal on the organization. They have finished No. 12 (2010), No. 11 (2011), No. 10 (2012) and No. 11 (2013) in the Eastern Conference over the past four years and just have not been able to pull themselves out of their slump. Read More…

Andre’s All-Star Resume

The NBA All-Star Game is less then a month away.  On February 16, the best players in the league will take their talents to New Orleans, La., to showcase them. The last Piston to play in the all-star game was Allen Iverson in 2009. Is this the year that drought ends?  Andre Drummond sure hopes so.

Drummond has been Detroit’s best player this season and is one of the best up-and-coming big men in the league.  This season, Drummond is averaging 12.7 points per game, 12.6 rebounds per game and almost two blocks per game.

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Pistons Weekly Recap: January 17-20

Detroit looked to extend their winning streak to three games Friday night, when they hosted the Utah Jazz.

The underwhelming Jazz have struggled this season, but a terrific performance by rookie Trey Burke helped them end the Pistons’ streak. Burke led all Jazz players with 20 points and added 12 assists in their 110-89 victory over Detroit.

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Opinion: Pistons Need to Shake Things Up

After a MLK Day drubbing by the Los Angeles Clippers, the Detroit Pistons found themselves with a record of 17-24. At this time last year, an “inferior” Pistons squad was 16-25. The addition of superstars does not guarantee success, I suppose. Detroit must do something to break out of their funk and take advantage of a weak Eastern Conference, and it starts with the starting lineup.

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Drummond Does Work

This season for the Detroit Pistons has, in many ways, followed the same course as every other playoff-less season at The Palace.

The team currently has a 17-23 record, which earns them seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Considering the fact that the East has four teams with losing records that are currently in playoff contention, these numbers will get them in.

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Horsepower – #4 – 1/20/14

The Pistons are currently riding a two-game winning streak after they had previously lost six in a row.  With an easy stretch in the schedule coming up, will they be able to continue their winning ways?

Horsepower discusses Andre Drummond’s bid for the upcoming All-Star Game, why Rodney Stuckey is still in contention for Sixth Man of the Year, and whether or not Josh Smith and Greg Monroe can continue to coexist. Read More…

Bright Spots in a Bleak Season

What was once considered a slow start is now turning into a disappointing season for the Detroit Pistons.

As owners of a 14-22 record and a six-game losing streak after their loss to the Raptors Wednesday, underachieving might be an understatement. There have been a rash of injuries and a few benchings along the way, but the season is still young. Luckily for Pistons fans, there are a few bright spots for coach Cheeks’ squad. Read More…

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