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.