3 THINGS TO WATCH TONIGHT

Posted by: Matt Swiman
10/15/12 3:44 pm EST

Tonight the 76ers (1-1) will hit the hardwood down at the Wells Fargo Center for the first time this pre-season as they take on the Boston Celtics in their 3rd preseason game.  Personally, I’d like to see the Sixers bounce back from their overtime loss to the Nets and the lackluster performance against a bad Orlando team with a big W tonight.

However in the pre-season certain things are more importnat than wins and losses.  So with an eye on the start of the regular season and the eventual return of Andrew Bynum, I will be taking notes on three items with this 76ers roster tonight.  

1)  Seeing what Moultrie can do with extended mintues.

Rumor has it that rookie Arnett Moultrie (pic at left) will be getting the start tonight for the 7-6.  This makes sense especially because earlier in the day the 76ers tweeted that Kwame Brown will not be active tonight.  Also Kevin Garnett will more than likely according to Doc Rivers not play tonight, which means Moultrie should put up some big numbers and get some confidence flowing.  With only two points on Saturday against the Nets in 11 minutes of action I’d like to see Arnett get plenty of burn and be more aggressive in attacking the rim.

 

2)  Will Jrue be a distributor or a scorer?

Against the Nets, I saw something that we do not see regularly from our point guard.  He dished out 9 dimes in 26 minutes.  Against Orlando in the first preseason game we also saw something we do not usually see from “The Jruth”, 27 points, on 12/14 shots, including ¾ from downtown!  Those are both incredible stat lines from Jrue both the assists against the Nets and the scoring vs the Magic.  It will be extremely interesting to see which Jrue will show up tonight, scorer, passer, or regular Jrue?  Personally I’m hoping for a 18 point 8 assist night from number 11.

3)  Will Swaggy P(AKA Nick Young) continue his scoring streak?

I know fellow Philadunkia scribe Steve Toll, does not think what Nick Young has done these past two games has been impressive, but I am going to have to disagree.  He is doing exactly what Lou would have done which honestly did not know that Nick could do.  Also he showed character vs the Nets on Saturday, by adding 14 points in the fourth quarter to lead a comeback and force overtime for the Sixers.  Another positive from Nick Young’s stat line is his effectiveness from the free throw line.  He has gone 14-15 from the line so far, and if he can continue to draw fouls and knock them down that will go a long way for the 7-6 who have had struggles from the foul line in recent years.

You can catch this game on CSN or 950 ESPN.  Again try not to worry about the strength of the win or loss because the C’s do not have KG, the 7-6 do not have Bynum, but let’s keep an eye on the above items tonight which in the long run could be very important to a solid season for the 7-6. 


 
 
 

13 Responses to “3 THINGS TO WATCH TONIGHT”

  1. Jacob
    15. October 2012 at 15:55

    Nice and strong points totally agree

  2. Gary
    15. October 2012 at 16:01

    Personally I’m trying to see if Evan Turner can actually play good defense, and be more efficient tonight.

  3. Sun of Man
    15. October 2012 at 16:05

    “A healthy Lakers team will absolutely be the best team in the NBA, assuming that Kobe doesn’t shoot 30x a game in the playoffs and knows his role which is as the 4th best player on the team”

    Lmao- Anyone guess who said this?

  4. larry smith
    15. October 2012 at 17:06

    Steve toll is from DC aka TOM MANDEL. Nick have moved on, TOM please do the same.

  5. Steven Toll
    15. October 2012 at 19:36

    LOL Nick Young, first shot is an 18 foot fadeaway off a crossover and it goes in, best player of all time

    ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

  6. Jeff McMenamin
    15. October 2012 at 21:29

    LOL @Steve

    Nick Young…
    23 min, 14 pts, 5-7 shooting, 3-3 FT, 3 reb, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, Sixers +28 with him in the game

    Dorell Wright…
    28 min, 7 pts, 3-9 shooting, 1-4 3 pt FG’s, 7 reb (all defensive), 4 assists, 2 steal, 1 block, Sixers +30 with him in the game

    Still think Young “can’t keep this up”?

    Props to Wright for showing a solid effort on defense to make up for his offensive miscues however.

    As for ET, how about what he did tonight?

    25 min, 10 pts, 5-10 shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, Sixers +12 with him on the court.

    Looks like he’s getting more comfortable in his role.

    I can’t say enough about Maalik Wayns. What a game. 9 points and 8 assists in 23 minutes. If preseason ended today, he definitely makes the Sixers roster.

  7. Lennix
    15. October 2012 at 22:28

    dorrel wright impressed me on defense, nick young impressed me on defense as well. he could be lethal if buys into playing it for an entire season. turner looked very solid agaisnt paul peirce who is not an easy cover. Anyone else get excited when swaggy touches the ball? i think turner, once bynum is on the floor, will be great. Jrue, young, turner thad and bynum for me

  8. Jeff McMenamin
    15. October 2012 at 23:25

    btw…

    Looks like the same Andre Iguodala over in Denver. 31 min, 10 points, 2-9 shooting, 1-6 3 pt FG’s, 7 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and a fanbase pulling their hair out.

  9. MattSg
    15. October 2012 at 23:45

    Hah yeppp those numbers look very familiar .
    Same ol iggy.. not in a bad way but yeah lol

  10. Steven Toll
    16. October 2012 at 04:15

    Jeff,

    Before I talk about SwaggyP: If Turner or Maalik had to be cut tomorrow, who do you cut?

    That is what Young is currently averaging below

    If Nick Young ends the regular season shooting 45% from 2, 60% from 3, takes 6 free throw attempts per game and has more assists than turnovers while playing at least 50 games, I will buy you a pair of the best available season tickets to the 76ers starting in 2013-2014 every year for the rest of your life and I will have a limousine take you both ways every game. I’ll get you tickets to every away playoff game, along with paying for your airfare and hotel accommodations.

    If that doesn’t happen, I’d like you to donate $5 to the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia.

    Deal?

    Considering Young is a career 44.9% shooter from 2, 37.8% from 3, never averaged more than 3.6 free throw attempts in a season and has a career assists:turnover ratio of .75:1, I wouldn’t start preparing to become BFFs with Will Smith just yet but I would order some checks from your bank

    Good News: This is the best 3 game stretch of Nick Young’s career

    Bad News: He won’t play every game against Keith Bogans, CJ Watson, Jeff Green, Micah Downs, E’twuan Moore and Dequan Jones

  11. Sloetry
    16. October 2012 at 07:27

    Yayy, at last a game I could see on Intl League Pass, even though it was a late night of course on London time. Well it was worth staying up for. Can’t read too much in, but I was generally pleased. I’ve not seen too much of Nick Young’s game, but I liked his bit of flare once he got his stroke… you could see the guys really felt like they were getting it together.
    I was surprised at ET’s stat line, much better than I felt it was while I was actually watching the game. Really hoping he has the season he, and we need.
    Two words….Maalik Wayns… love the story, love the posibilities!!
    Oh yeah and Hawes showing his worth too.
    Going to be interesting to see how DC coaches the team now he has scorers on the floor.

  12. Alex Brandão
    16. October 2012 at 09:41

    I actually think that D Wright had a great impact on the game, working as a facilitator (Iggy, anyone?) and carrying the ball at times with great court vision. In the time he was on the floor, the team was very fast and dynamic, that’s when the game broke open.
    Wayns was great, Nick Young was good, Thad was inconsistent but not bad, Turner was a little slow but not bad, Hawes was decent, Lavoy was unreliable and Jrich sucked big time…

  13. Steve Toll
    18. October 2012 at 17:37

    Alex,

    Great point about Wright. The past 2 seasons he has played 143 games, in 25% of those games he has had 4 or more assists

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