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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 4

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Blake Griffin went and smashed the bell.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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

Bell Ringer Season Standings: Ben Simmons - 1; Joel Embiid - 1; JJ Redick - 1.

The Sixers played their first overtime game of the season and lost in heartbreaking fashion by the final score of 133-132. I would have given an automatic Bell Ringer to anyone capable of slowing down Blake Griffin, but failing that, here are our candidates.

JJ Redick: 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists

If not for Blake Griffin’s game-winning three-point play with 1.8 seconds left, Redick would have played the late game hero for the second game in a row. A long-time teammate of Griffin in Los Angeles, Redick almost spoiled Blake’s big night by scoring 10 of his 30 points in overtime, including the go-ahead four-point play with 5.6 seconds left that momentarily looked like the game-winner.

Joel Embiid: 33 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks

I hope Andre Drummond makes a good side income renting out the space in his head to Joel Embiid. After picking up two early fouls, Embiid roared back to thoroughly win the battle of the big men, not only getting to the foul line repeatedly (11-14 FT), but also holding Drummond to 6-20 shooting and getting the Pistons center ejected near the end of regulation. Allen Iverson was the last Sixers player to score 30 or more points in three straight games, as Embiid has now done. The seven assists against just one turnover (which unfortunately came in the final minute of overtime) are also a very encouraging sign for Embiid’s development.

Markelle Fultz: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

Getting the starting nod at point guard in place of the injured Ben Simmons, Fultz looked more comfortable out there consistently handling the rock. He had a couple nice knifing finishes around the rim, and even hit his first catch-and-shoot three-pointer as a professional! Fultz finished +2 on the game and there’s a debate to be had about whether parking him on the bench down the stretch in favor of T.J. McConnell was the right move by Brett Brown.

Mike Muscala: 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks

Muscala made his Sixers debut following an ankle injury, and though he was eased back into things with just 17 minutes of action, looked like a useful rotation piece going forward. He showed off his sweet outside shooting stroke by hitting one of his two three-point attempts, and was much more active defensively than I think anyone could have reasonably anticipated. The Moose is loose!

Poll

Who is the Game 4 Bell Ringer?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    JJ Redick
    (251 votes)
  • 38%
    Joel Embiid
    (219 votes)
  • 16%
    Markelle Fultz
    (97 votes)
  • 1%
    Mike Muscala
    (7 votes)
574 votes total Vote Now