Detroit Pistons assistant coach Brian Hill stepped into the middle of the small group of reporters Tuesday, with head coach Lawrence Frank out for a personal matter, and joked about the old familiarity of the daily post-practice briefings.
It wasn't necessarily the best timing for the former Orlando Magic head coach to step into the media bull ring, two days removed from the Pistons' worst loss of the season at San Antonio, but Hill said a good practice after a day off Monday was encouraging.
"The only thing that we can do is come in and try to coach our guys and prepare our guys as well as we possibly can. And then, it's the pride factor comes into play, that every time we come out on the floor, we've got to take pride in how we play individually and collectively as a team, and try to play that way right through to game number 82."
Monday's practice was all full-court, five-on-five, Hill said, and focused heavily on transition defense and the New York Knicks, whose fast break and 3-point shooting helped them to three wins over the Pistons this season.
The season series finale is Wednesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills (7:30 p.m., FSD).
The Pistons' first order of business is to stop the bleeding from a 39-point loss Sunday to the Spurs, their most lopsided in more than a decade.
"This group has been a very resilient group and usually we've followed up a very subpar performance with a much better performance in the next game," Hill said. "Whether it's resulted in a win or not, we've usually had the competitive juices that we need to focus, the attention to the detail with the game plan, we've normally had all of that when we're coming off of a bad game."
Detroit Pistons' head-coach-for-a-day Brian Hill sweeps up season-worst loss
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