Notes From The Sixers’ Loss To Boston76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
- The Sixers were up for this game, but Boston’s talent was just too much for them to handle. Doug Collins’ unit played the Celtics pretty evenly through three quarters, but even their best efforts couldn’t close the gaps between their injury-depleted roster and battle-tested veterans of Doc Rivers.
- The Sixers received balanced scoring from across the roster, with six players finishing in double figures.
- The best news to report on the Sixers tonight was the performance of Arnett Moultrie, who played one of his strongest games of the season. The rookie played just under 20 minutes, and scored 10 points with a steal and four rebounds. Three of Moultrie’s rebounds came off of the offensive glass, and the first-round pick was able to generate valuable second-chance opportunities for his team. His strong play was one of the reasons that second-year man Lavoy Allen logged just over three minutes tonight.
- Royal Ivey turned in another decent start in place of the injured Nick Young. Ivey was able to hit a couple of three-pointers on his way to a 10-point night.
- Rough shooting night for Dorell Wright, who shot just 2-11, including 1-5 from beyond. Other than Arnett Moultrie, Wright was the only member of the Sixer bench that logged more than 15 minutes. Because of the lack of depth on his bench, Doug Collins was forced to ride his starters extra hard tonight.
- It’s impressive how well the Celtics have played ever since they lost Rajon Rondo for the season. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the presences of a couple of future Hall-of-Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. These are a couple of guys who command respect, and their leadership has been what has kept that team together and playing at a respectable level. That same veteran leadership has been completely missing from the Sixers. A year ago, the team had some quality guys like Elton Brand around that had been through a lot, and could help guide the younger players. Of course, this year’s team was built around Andrew Bynum, and this was supposed to be “his team”. Well, with Bynum a complete no-show, the young players have been on their own for most of the year, and they really could have benefited from a strong veteran presence. Guys like Kwame Brown don’t exactly cut it either.
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