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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 2

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The Chicago Bulls’ defense is the ultimate cure for what ails you.

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

For an explanation of what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post.

Bell Ringer Season Standings: Ben Simmons - 1

We have no shortage of candidates from the Sixers’ 127-108 win over Chicago.

Joel Embiid: 30 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks

Do you think Embiid was happy to not be facing Al Horford and Aron Baynes? On the Sixers’ first offensive possession, Embiid drew a foul on Wendell Carter Jr. (welcome to the league, rook), and he never let up against the sieve-like Bulls defense. The big man repeatedly got to the foul line (12-14 FT), overpowered any nearby Chicago defenders for dunks, and played his usual stellar defense around the rim. Sixers fans might wish he shot fewer three-pointers (0-3 on the night), but they’ll take those sweet step-back jumpers any day of the week, with the occasional euro step thrown in for fun.

Ben Simmons: 13 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Thursday night brought the first of many triple-doubles this season for the Sixers’ 6-foot-10 point guard. Simmons was active defensively, casting a shadow over comparatively diminutive Bulls guards and locking down Zach LaVine on one impressive possession in particular. Of course, his passing is Simmons’ most eye-popping attribute, and as the game began to get out of hand, he broke out the fancier tools in his arsenal.

Robert Covington: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Lord Covington flashed his usual lightning-quick hands to tally a couple steals and generally disrupt Bulls passing lanes. He also knocked down a handful of threes (4-11 3PT), showing signs of working through the possibly-China-related dead legs to start the season.

Markelle Fultz: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

5-15 shooting from the field still isn’t great, but only one Sixers player received multiple standing ovations and Skol-style chants of his name, while hitting his first NBA three-pointer with the eyes of the basketball world upon him. Fultz! (clap) Fultz! (clap) Fultz!

Poll

Who is your Bell Ringer for Game 2?

This poll is closed

  • 54%
    Joel Embiid
    (421 votes)
  • 22%
    Ben Simmons
    (170 votes)
  • 2%
    Robert Covington
    (21 votes)
  • 20%
    Markelle Fultz
    (160 votes)
772 votes total Vote Now