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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 31

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The Sixers were an afternoon delight with an easy win in Cleveland.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post.

Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 11
Ben Simmons - 6
Jimmy Butler - 5
JJ Redick - 4
Robert Covington - 1
Dario Saric - 1
T.J. McConnell - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1

The Sixers already lost one game to the bottom-feeding Cavaliers this season, so it was good to see them handle their business on the road for a 128-105 win. Philadelphia even pulled away in the fourth quarter to get the starters a few extra minutes of rest at the end of the game, ahead of tomorrow night’s back-to-back in San Antonio. Here are your Bell Ringer candidates:

Ben Simmons: 22 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists, 1 steal

There wasn’t a Cleveland player on the floor who had any chance of preventing Ben from powering his way down the lane at will. He shot 9-for-15 from the field, but that could have been even better, as he missed a handful of give-me buckets around the hoop. With no one out there to really bother him, Simmons was free to put his prodigious court vision on full display. The 14 assists are tremendous, but even better were the ZERO turnovers. He had his triple-double midway through the third quarter; it was his third triple-double of the season, tying him with James Harden for the second-most in the league. What an effort from Ben. Collin Sexton looked like he was about four weight classes out of place on this drive.

Joel Embiid: 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

JoJo took slightly more of a backseat offensively in this game (and yet, still 24 points), but he was very judicious with his shot selection and had an efficient 10-for-16 afternoon from the floor. My favorite Embiid-related moment was Larry Nance Jr getting pulled for foul trouble and vigorously making his case to the ref as he marched off the floor, as if Nance wasn’t getting victimized by the same hands in Embiid’s arms tactic that’s been in the scouting report all season long. Joel is an absolute master at drawing a whistle, and great at plenty of other things as well.

Jimmy Butler: 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Jimmy didn’t even attempt his first field goal until the second quarter, but he played the perfect “secondary star” type of game, primarily spotting up off drives from Simmons. Butler finished 3-for-4 from downtown, continuing his outstanding run as a 3-point shooter in Philadelphia. On the other end of the floor, his block of Collin Sexton coming from the weak side showed just how aware Butler is on the defensive end.

Landry Shamet: 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block

Shamet was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from behind the arc until an errant shot with less than two minutes remaining in the game. He also blocked the air out of the ball on a Jordan Clarkson drive, and it’s always enjoyable to see Clarkson fail. I know of at least one fan who would vote for Landry here.

Wilson Chandler: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks

Chandler has (pretty fairly) been catching a lot of flak for his play lately, so let’s give some credit to the man when he’s a positive contributor. He hit a pair of threes, was active on the offensive glass, and made some solid defensive plays. There were still some gaffes from Chandler, like a play where he made a block and immediately threw the outlet pass away, but the Sixers would gladly take this sort of performance from him every time out.

Poll

Who is your Bell Ringer in Cleveland?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    Ben Simmons
    (581 votes)
  • 1%
    Joel Embiid
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Jimmy Butler
    (6 votes)
  • 9%
    Landry Shamet
    (60 votes)
  • 0%
    Wilson Chandler
    (6 votes)
662 votes total Vote Now