Sixers rout Celtics, but Moultrie struggles

Sixers' Spencer Hawes is fouled by Celtics' Brandon Bass during Monday night's game.
Sixers' Spencer Hawes is fouled by Celtics' Brandon Bass during Monday night's game. (RON CORTES / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: October 17, 2012

MANY TIMES in sports, you can tell the veterans from the inexperienced players just by their eyes. Veterans often set their eyes in a steely stare, a battle-ready look that exudes confidence. Young players, especially rookies, will have their eyebrows almost coming off the top of their forehead while trying to comprehend and perform.

Doug Collins wants rookie forward Arnett Moultrie to have his eyes set on what could be there for the taking.

Center Andrew Bynum is out for a while rehabbing his right knee. Kwame Brown strained a calf recently and is day to day. Spencer Hawes has struggled in the preseason with his defense and with foul trouble. See what we're getting at?

"I told him that his eyes should be big as saucers right now," Collins said. "Kwame got hurt, Andrew's out right now, and Maalik Wayns didn't get drafted and he had 18 [points Saturday night], so if I was you, I would get excited."

Right now, with all that is being thrown at him, the soft-spoken Moultrie seems a little too overwhelmed to get excited. Monday, Moultrie played 16 minutes, 32 seconds, scoring two points and grabbing four rebounds, as the Sixers routed the visiting Boston Celtics, 107-75. Fellow rookie Wayns continued his impressive preseason, dealing eight assists to go with nine points in 23 minutes.

"I'm just doing everything I can to get myself ready to play, whenever coach needs me," said the 6-10 Moultrie. "Coach has told me to always stay ready, play hard and make sure when my opportunity comes to take advantage of it. Right now, I'm just relying on the stuff that I do well - rebounding and put-backs - but I'm trying to learn everything as best as I can. It's been a little crazy, but it's starting to get easier. At first, things were just so fast. Now that we have a couple of weeks done, it's slowing down. I just have to stay ready."

Monday, Collins had a starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen. Brown was out with a strained calf and Collins likes keeping Young and Allen together.

Hawes had his best game of the preseason with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and the Sixers shot 48.9 percent from the floor, dealt 32 assists on 43 makes and turned the ball over only 12 times in the blowout.

Kevin Garnett sat out for Celtics coach Doc Rivers, and Paul Pierce was limited to only 21 minutes.

Six shots

The Sixers will have off Tuesday before hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday . . . Boston turned the ball over 21 times, 12 of them on steals by the Sixers . . . Once again the Sixers shot well from three-point range, making six of 14.


Contact Bob Cooney at cooneyb@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobCooney76. For more Sixers coverage, read his blog at philly.com/Sixerville.

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