No gift for the Sixers right now could be greater than the gift of not
having to play basketball for a little while. (Well, getting the
Funny-Looking Kid With the Big Hair back and healthy and with a newfound
lust for life would be nice too, but Christmas is still at least a
couple months away.) They'll get to enjoy that all-too-rare privilege
soon enough, as All-Star Weekend will grant all of them but Jrue Holiday
a week free of their depressing professional responsibilities, but
first they have to go through the motions of a game in Milwaukee,
against the 25-25 Bucks.
Ostensibly, with the Sixers just three
games behind the Bucks for the eighth spot in the East, this should be
an "important game" with "playoff implications" that "people will
watch." But we're not really fooling anybody here—the Bucks are probably
about as worried about the Sixers catching them with no Thad, J-Rich or
Bynum as the Sixers are interested in making a legitimate attempt to
catch them and then get slaughtered by the Heat in the first round,
which is to say, not considerably. At the very least, we'll get to see
some more of Arnett Moultrie, who has been just about the only reason to
watch this team since Thad went down, showing energy and IQ and looking
something like a real basketball player. Not sure he's worth the
first-rounder we gave up for him just yet, but it's good to know we
didn't just completely light that thing on fire.
8:00 tip from the Bradley Center. Have fun in Houston, Jrue. Don't drink the purple stuff.