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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 40

No one cried Halleluka Saturday night

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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

Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 14
Ben Simmons - 11
Jimmy Butler - 5
JJ Redick - 5
Robert Covington - 1
Dario Saric - 1
T.J. McConnell - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1

The Sixers returned home after a 5-game road trip, building themselves a large enough lead to hold on for a 106-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Here are your Bell Ringer candidates:

Ben Simmons: 20 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists

This game may be the one we look back upon when the tide turned on Ben Simmons’ great jump shot odyssey. In the post-game press conference, Brett Brown mentioned how he wants Ben to try and attempt one jump shot per quarter, and progress out to corner 3-pointers. Against the Mavericks, Simmons attempted at least four jumpers, including a turnaround out of a post-up on the game’s opening possession. I’m not thrilled about the idea of him taking 18-footers, like some folks seem to want. But those turnarounds seem like a great evolution to his game, and, of course, a potential corner 3 in Ben’s arsenal will make the spacing exponentially better for the offense as a whole. Good steps here.

Aside from the whole shooting thing, Ben was terrific finding his teammates Saturday night. His Sixers teammates seemed to do a better job than usual cutting off-ball in the half court. Simmons was also active on the glass, securing a game-high 4 offensive rebounds.

Joel Embiid: 25 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

It was a relatively quiet night for the big man, which speaks to his general brilliance when he still goes off for 25, 12, and 5. He hit one 3-pointer from the top of the key on three attempts, but did the bulk of his damage by making his usual march to the foul line, where he shot 10-for-11 on the evening. Embiid helped hold DeAndre Jordan to just 8 rebounds, well below his average of over 14 boards on the season. He also showed flashes of things a man his size doesn’t typically do, like smothering Luka Doncic out to 3-point line, or starting a fast break with a pretty pass.

JJ Redick: 20 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Redick was the team’s leading scorer in the first half, scoring 16 points prior to halftime. It wasn’t a “JJ just got hot from 3” night, however, as the veteran guard only shot 2-for-6 from downtown. Instead, he was finishing on cuts to the hoop, making an acrobatic up-and-under lay-up, working the absolutely money 2-5 pick-and-roll with Joel Embiid, and doing any number of things beyond what his marksman shooter reputation would dictate.

Jonah Bolden: 11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks

In his second consecutive start, Bolden just missed his first career double-double, but don’t let the lack of a stray rebound downplay what a helpful, energetic force he was throughout the game. Jonah crashed the glass hard (3 offensive rebounds), get up and down the floor quickly for rim runs in transition, and played agile, switching defense. He still fouls too much and doesn’t offer a well-rounded offensive game, but the outline of a useful rotation player is becoming clearer and clearer with Bolden.


Who is your Bell Ringer for the win over Dallas?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Ben Simmons
    (888 votes)
  • 4%
    Joel Embiid
    (49 votes)
  • 1%
    JJ Redick
    (21 votes)
  • 13%
    Jonah Bolden
    (151 votes)
1109 votes total Vote Now

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