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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 38

The Sixers remain undefeated in 2019

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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

Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 12
Ben Simmons - 11
Jimmy Butler - 5
JJ Redick - 5
Robert Covington - 1
Dario Saric - 1
T.J. McConnell - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1

Joel Embiid’s return after a brief one-game absence, as well as an impressive showing from the bench, sparked the Sixers. Philadelphia grabbed 17 offensive boards, and held a 55-41 rebounding edge overall, in a 119-113 road victory over the Clippers. Here are your Bell Ringer candidates:

Joel Embiid: 28 points, 19 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks

A true game-time decision, it was still uncertain whether Embiid would return to action until minutes before tip-off. It’s a good thing he did, as the All-Star big man completely dominated the glass, securing four of his game-high 19 rebounds on the offensive end. He also knocked down a couple triples early, even pulling up essentially in transition on his first touch of the game. Plus, Embiid’s showman side was out a little bit in Hollywood, looking over at Clipper Darrell in the crowd to silence him before nailing a free throw.

Per @SixersStats, Embiid became the fastest player in franchise history to reach 3,000 points (just 130 games). He should continue to pile up team-best marks as his career unfolds. Oh, and let’s not read too much into the Embiid-Simmons rebound kerfuffle. Please?

Jonah Bolden: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block

How do you say wrecking ball in Australian? Bolden had arguably his best game as a professional, absolutely mauling the Clippers with five offensive rebounds. He also finished a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, including one 3-pointer off a drive-and-kick from Joel Embiid that was like watching two unicorns dance in the moonlight. Overall, it was just a tremendous effort from the young big man in only 15 minutes of action.

T.J. McConnell: 11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block

It was a vintage T.J. game, part of an astounding bench effort across the board for the Sixers; the entire second unit finished with a positive plus/minus. McConnell’s defense has undoubtedly dropped off this season, but he was a pest against Los Angeles Tuesday night with five stocks. Offensively, T.J. played a well-rounded game, canning a few jumpers, getting to the rim on a couple occasions, and even earning a couple trips to the charity stripe.

Jimmy Butler: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block

Before his ejection for shoving Avery Bradley, Butler bounced back from a poor showing in Portland on the 6-year anniversary of his NBA debut. Butler got to the line, (like everyone) grabbed a couple offensive boards, created for others, and hit those tough Jimmy G. Buckets shots that the team needs him to hit when the half court offense stalls.

Ben Simmons: 14 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, block

Tuesday night wasn’t one of Simmons’ best games; the 2-for-6 night from the foul line and 4 turnovers would disqualify it from that classification. Ben certainly stuffed the stat sheet simply by virtue of his incredibly unique skill set, however. He even attempted a few jump shots, and then closed out the game by throwing the ball off Sindarious Thornwell’s back on the in-bounds and going in for the uncontested jam. His best play for me, though, was immediately jumping into the fray after the Butler-Bradley scuffle. Headband brothers!

JJ Redick: 18 points, 2 assists

The long-time Clipper started out scorching against his former club, going 5-for-6 from the field in the first half for 16 points. He missed all five of his second half field goal attempts, but both halves count, and the Sixers wouldn’t have gotten out to the 18-point halftime lead that carried them the rest of the way without Redick’s hot shooting early.

Poll

Who is your first Bell Ringer of 2019?

This poll is closed

  • 71%
    Joel Embiid
    (575 votes)
  • 22%
    Jonah Bolden
    (178 votes)
  • 1%
    T.J. McConnell
    (16 votes)
  • 1%
    Jimmy Butler
    (11 votes)
  • 2%
    Ben Simmons
    (22 votes)
  • 0%
    JJ Redick
    (6 votes)
808 votes total Vote Now