Feb 11 2014

The Mo Speights Game

Warriors 123, Sixers 80

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Thaddeus Young, C-
Thad was off the mark early and, somewhat surprisingly, the small-ball oriented nature of the game didn’t make life any easier on the utilitarian forward. Much like the rest of the roster, he had a night to forget.

Evan Turner, D+
Another blasé outing from Turner where he drifted in and out of play, largely unnoticed (particularly on the offensive end). His steadily declining, mediocre play isn’t any help in trade negotiations.
Spencer Hawes, F
Andrew Bogut (shoulder) did not appear in this game, and as such, Hawes’ responsibility for “The Mo Speights Game” heightened accordingly. Also, after averaging 1.9 3PM per game at the beginning of the season (in November), Spence has failed to dial in from deep in four of his last six games.
Michael Carter-Williams, B-
MCW fought admirably through the abyss that was the second consecutive 40-point blowout, managing to comfortably pad the stat line in the second half. His efforts went almost entirely unrewarded, nonetheless.
James Anderson, D-
Are we sure that James Anderson was even in this game? His influence was akin to that of MarShon Brooks and Ognjen Kuzmić, who (before tonight) had combined to play 26 total minutes for the Warriors since Jan. 1. Both entered in this lopsided contest, and both enjoyed a more memorable showing than did Mr. Anderson.
Lavoy Allen, B
Limited, yet effective contributions from Allen, whose role as a reserve continues to be understated. (That said, it’s hard to deliver any meaningful contributions playing in meaningless blowout minutes.)
Arnett Moultrie, C+
Moultrie was the only (vaguely) positive takeaway from this otherwise ghastly, forgettable end to a Californian back-to-back scenario for Philadelphia. Nice to see the second-year man on the court, even if only in extended garbage time.
Brett Brown, C+
What can you say about a coach — with a roster like this — who just inked his name on the wrong side of basketball history? Brown earned himself a tech in the first half, and tried to mirror Golden State’s undersized lineups by grouping MCW, Tony Wroten, and James Anderson at times. Nothing could rescue the Sixers on this night. The wheels of the tank remain in motion and, with this loss, Philly are further entrenched in #2 in the loss column.

By the Numbers

  • 32 – Mo Speights’ new career-high points total, achieved in only 26 minutes of court time.
  • 12 – The number of field goals converted by Speights, on 15 attempts. His previous season-high was seven, recorded way back on December 13.
  • 30 – How many points Mo Speights had scored across his last seven games, COMBINED.

Quote of the Game

“This is now the biggest lead of the season. Led by 39 in Philly, lead by 42 here.” – Bob Fitzgerald, Warriors play-by-play announcer, as the Warriors were setting new season-highs. The lead eventually ballooned out to 49. Notice the common denominator?

Tweet of the Game

Parting Shots

Mo Speights. Marreese Speights. Ace of Speights (h/t Warriors World).

Speights was not the reason that this game deteriorated into a veritable mess, but it’s just as much of an indictment on the Sixers that he mustered so many personal bests. For the former Philadelphia first round pick, this game will always carry a certain cachet. It’s hard to label it as a “revenge game,” given that the façade of the Sixers roster and organization is almost entirely different now from the time of Speights departure in January 2012.

This game stooped to the point that Speights was the recipient of lighthearted “M-V-P!” chants whilst at the charity stripe from the Oracle Arena fans. Never thought society would survive to see that day.

Eh, the Sixers have 38 losses. Milwaukee have 42. Nothing else matters.