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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 48

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NBA: Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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

Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 17
Ben Simmons - 14
Jimmy Butler - 6
JJ Redick - 5
Robert Covington - 1
Dario Saric - 1
T.J. McConnell - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Landry Shamet - 1

The Sixers are three games into their toughest stretch of the season, and so far, they’ve acquitted themselves very well. Even without Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia served the Rockets their biggest loss of the season, getting to rest the starters for most of the fourth quarter in a 121-93 victory. Here are your Bell Ringer candidates, with apologies to a couple other guys who also could have been listed, but were left out for brevity’s sake:

Joel Embiid: 32 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks

Embiid was questionable to play against the Rockets, but showed no signs of the back injury in playing one of his best games of the season. The big man once said to “blame James Harden” for his drawing so many fouls; pitted against Harden, Embiid tallied a whopping 17 free throws attempts (hitting 14). The undersized Rockets front line found themselves helpless to do anything but grab and hold on for dear life against the force of nature wearing number 21. Defensively, fans will remember this performance for Embiid’s boarding of Harden, followed by he and Franklin combining to tell the Beard “not in our house!”

Corey Brewer: 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks

On the list of things you might have predicted heading into a nationally-televised Sixers-Rockets game, hearing the Wells Fargo Center chant Corey Brewer’s name would have been awfully far down. Getting the start for the injured Jimmy Butler, Brewer brought a bizarre, manic energy to the proceedings. He seemed to take it upon himself to try and get in James Harden’s head, going out of his way to get into the Beard’s personal space in an exaggerated fashion.

It seemed to work, to a degree; Harden ended up picking up a double technical along with Embiid during a crazy sequence near the end of the first half. Harden was also called for a foul for trying to push Brewer away from him on one occasion. What is unquestionably true is that Brewer’s play fired up the home crowd and the team as a whole. Give the man another 10-day contract!

JJ Redick: 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block

Redick didn’t have the 3-ball working tonight, but I was incredibly impressed by his off-the-dribble game. On multiple drives, he cooked up some fancy handles to fake out the defense and free himself for a finish at the hoop or little floater. Who knew JJ had any NBA Street Gamebreaker moves?

Ben Simmons: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Honestly, it was not one of Ben’s best games; a 3-for-12 night from the field isn’t up to his usual lofty standards. But he made some sublime passes, and played some great perimeter defense. To top it off, his outing came with girlfriend Kendall Jenner sitting next to Mama Simmons in the arena. There had to be some nerves there. Proud of you, Ben.

Jonah Bolden: 0 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 4 blocks

I don’t even care about the zero points. Bolden had four blocks, three of which came against James Harden. Jonah seemed to be playing on whatever weird frequency the Beard also operates at while on the court. For those plays alone, he gets a mention here.

Wilson Chandler: 9 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists

Chandler recently said he finally feels healthy from his preseason hamstring injury, and the evidence supports that claim. He shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, also grabbing a season-best and tied-for-game-high 14 boards. Chandler just looks less clunky on defense and more fluid on the whole of late. Put the pitchforks in deep storage, Sixers nation.

Poll

Who is your Bell Ringer for the blowout over Houston?

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Joel Embiid
    (647 votes)
  • 44%
    Corey Brewer
    (565 votes)
  • 0%
    JJ Redick
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Ben Simmons
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Jonah Bolden
    (26 votes)
  • 1%
    Wilson Chandler
    (23 votes)
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