The Sixers lost for the ninth time in 10 games. They were beaten by a Boston Celtics team that has not faltered since they lost All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to a knee injury for the rest of the season, but has prospered. Tuesday’s 109-101 win over the Sixers was the 12th in 16 games for the Celtics without Rondo.
The Sixers got some decent performances, with 7 players hitting double figures, including Thaddeus Young (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (18 points, 10 assists) each collecting double-doubles.
But the talk of the team (if there really is much for a club pretty much out of the playoff picture and sitting at 23-36) is the play of rookie Arnett Moultrie, who hit all 5 of his shots against Boston and grabbed 4 rebounds in just under 20 minutes of play. In a season that has been at times dismal and derailed from Day One with the Andrew Bynum situation, looking for a bright spot for the future has become the primary focus. And Moultrie has provided a glimmer of light. In his past five games he has made 13 of 14 shots, been active around the basket and come up with those 50-50 balls that usually seem to end up in the opponents’ hands.
“I thought Arnett, once again, played a really good game for us,” said Doug Collins. “It’s encouraging to see him growing, which is a great sign. I hope he can keep building on that. I’m very pleased with Arnett, what he’s doing.