For a refresher on our Bell Ringer series, take a look back at our first post of the season.
Bell Ringer Standings
Joel Embiid - 3
Josh Richardson - 2
Ben Simmons - 1
Tobias Harris - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Al Horford - 1
With Al Horford receiving a rest day, the Sixers still played the role of frontrunner for most of the game Tuesday night against Cleveland. However, a 9-0 Cavaliers run to start the fourth quarter gave the visitors a 5-point lead. The teams had a rock fight throughout the rest of the final frame, before the Sixers finally regained the lead on a Joel Embiid bucket underneath with 13 seconds remaining (props to Brett Brown for a heck of a designed play). Kevin Love missed a 3-pointer and the two clubs scrambled for the loose ball for an eternity until time expired. Sixers win, let’s pick a Bell Ringer!
Joel Embiid: 27 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers
Carrying an even heavier load than usual in the frontcourt with Horford sitting, Embiid answered the bell in a big way. He was the team’s best perimeter shooter on the night, hitting 3-of-5 from long-range, including an impressively smooth stepback 3 from the wing. JoJo and Tristan Thompson got into a fun 3-point shooting contest in the first half.
Joel also did a great job distributing the ball early on, as all four assists came in the first half. Plus, you’ll take just two turnovers from Embiid any night. Defensively, he was a black hole around the rim, pulling all available rebounds into his gravitational orbit. His late rejection of Tristan Thompson was key, but I especially enjoyed his earlier block when Jordan Clarkson crumbled to the ground as Joel maintained his verticality at the rim. Toss in the game-winning bucket and it was an exemplary night for the Sixers’ starting center.
Ben Simmons: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Simmons made his return from a shoulder injury, sporting a white undershirt to provide an added layer of hi-tech-fiber protection for his sore area. Ben showed no evidence of the injury hindering him while dunking all over the Cavaliers, including one powerful reverse off a Tobias Harris lob. Defensively, he was his normal disruptive self, recording four stocks. To top things off, Simmons even made a turnaround fadeaway jumper to satisfy the ‘he needs to shoot’ crowd.
Josh Richardson: 17 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers
Richardson had a poor shooting night from the outside (1-of-8 from 3), but inside the arc, he was solid (6-of-9 from 2-point range). Josh repeatedly darted into the lane, finding his way into a mid-range shot, getting all the way to the rim (finishing with a hellacious two-handed slam on one occasion), or dishing to teammates for open looks. I would prefer Richardson’s outside shot didn’t look as hard as diamond, but his increased aggressiveness and overall activity on the court is pure gold.
Matisse Thybulle: 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 0 turnovers
After getting just three minutes of playing time against Charlotte and seeming a little frustrated about it after the game, Matisse bounced back in a big way against Cleveland. Immediately upon entering the game, Thybulle blocked Jordan Clarkson from behind. Shortly thereafter, he knocked down a 3 from the corner.
In 13 total minutes of action, it was the complete Thybulle experience defensively, coming from all angles to swipe and swat the ball away from the Cavaliers. On one steal, Kevin Love was left looking utterly confused as to what had happened. Matisse didn’t do anything harmful offensively, only taking that one 3 and not turning it over. Basically, it was exactly what you want from the rookie at this stage of his career.
Mike Scott: 9 points, 8 rebounds, 0 turnovers
Another guy who picked up the slack on the glass with Horford out, Scott fought for a season-high eight rebounds. The leader of the Hive came in and provided strong energy off the bench with the group often looking listless against a less-publicized opponent. Mike chipped in with one triple on three attempts and had a nice “mouse in the house” post move to finish over Matthew Dellavedova. It was just a good, positive 19-minute contribution from the Threegional Manager.
Who is the Bell Ringer for the win over the Cavaliers?
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