The Philadelphia 76ers used an incredibly one-sided second quarter to rout the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-99 in the Sixers’ second preseason win in three days. The Sixers used a 38-14 second quarter to take control of Wednesday night’s game and get their second straight double digit win in preseason.
The Sixers are currently without Andrew Bynum who is recovering from offseason knee surgery. Bynum is expected back before the start of the regular season. Seeing the Sixers win their third preseason game and look so good doing it without the big guy is a really good sign. He was supposed to be the guy to open up shots for everyone else. Against the Cavs, the Sixers made 12 out of 25 three points shots.
The Sixers used their second unit to dominate another preseason game. Usually preseason comes down to your bench players and scrubs. You aren’t going to see the stars logging big minutes in the fourth quarter in such a meaningless game for the veteran players. It comes down to which team’s bench is better. It should come as no surprise that they are having so much success in the preseason with this deep, deep bench.
Nick Young and Maalik Wayns lead the way for the group that CSN’s Malik Rose called “The Night Shift”. Young and Wayns each scored 19 points off the bench and Spencer Hawes added seven assists, three blocked shots and no turnovers. This unit has great potential this season as they can easily go six or seven off the bench with the likes of Young, Hawes, Wayns, Jason Richardson (assuming Dorell Wright starts), Lavoy Allen (assuming Thaddeus Young starts) Kwame Brown and Arnette Moultrie or Royal Ivey.
The night shift has size, shooting and athleticism everywhere. They have been on full display throughout the first four preseason games and have done it against the opposing team’s best players at times. This deep bench will allow the Sixers to run for four quarters on just about anyone without much drop-off at all. The biggest challenge for head coach Doug Collins is figuring out which rotation will work out the best.
Rookie Arnette Moultrie had his best game of the preseason as he was aggressive, powerful and patient. He didn’t force the issue and because of his patience and confidence on the court, he had no turnovers in 22 minutes. He also added 8 points and 6 rebounds and the Sixers were +13 when he was on the court. It’s vital that he has a good training camp and preseason. Coach Collins isn’t the easiest coach for rookies to play for. Sloppy play in these preseason games means he will get buried on the bench.
The Sixers next preseason game will come this Friday when they take on the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30.