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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 14 - The One Where Ben Simmons Hits a 3

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NBA: New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

For a refresher on our Bell Ringer series, take a look back at our first post of the season.

Bell Ringer Standings

Joel Embiid - 4
Josh Richardson - 3
Ben Simmons - 2
Tobias Harris - 2
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Al Horford - 1

Despite an early 3-pointer from one Benjamin David Simmons, the Sixers found themselves trailing the Knicks by 17 with four minutes and change left in the third quarter. However, Philadelphia closed the period on a 14-2 run, and outscored New York by 10 in the final frame to avoid an embarrassing loss at home. Let’s look at our Bell Ringer candidates!

Ben Simmons: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover

Let’s start with the thing people will remember from this game for years to come: Ben Simmons hit his first NBA regular season 3-pointer! It happened early in the game, with Ben just casually firing away from the corner in the middle of a completely normal possession. Everything was so nonchalant that it took the crowd a second or two to register what had happened before giving Ben a standing ovation. He officially did it! I’m sure we’ll never talk about this aspect of his game again.

While the 3 will suck up a lot of the oxygen, the fact remains that Simmons played unbelievably well in this game. Brett Brown said Ben’s defensive intensity was as good as it has ever been. Simmons was flying up and down the court, creating deflections, forcing turnovers, and getting legitimately fired up, something that we almost never see from the normally reserved star. Ben was the catalyst of the game-changing run in third — here was his sequence: emphatic reverse dunk in traffic, forced Frank Ntilikina to dribble off his foot out-of-bounds, drew a foul and hit both free throws, fed Mike Scott for a 3, then fed James Ennis for a 3. I mean, whew, what a run!

By night’s end, Simmons had finished 7-of-9 from the floor, hitting a running scoop, a short-turnaround jumper, and of course, the 3. The 13-to-1 turnover ratio is incredible, but the energy and passion he displayed is what I’d like to see most from Ben going forward. Tonight was easily his best game of the season, in my opinion. No way Simmons was going to let his team lose on the night he hit his first 3.

James Ennis: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 0 turnovers

Like a portable battery charger, James Ennis provided the Sixers with instant energy when inserted into the game. He grabbed his now-customary offensive rebounds, went 2-of-3 from behind the arc, and threw down a thunderous slam after a drive down the lane. Ennis’ energy on the defensive end was excellent, and he served as Ben’s wingman in the pivotal second-half run. Ennis is inconsistent game-to-game with his shot, but when he has things going offensively like he did tonight, he’s an ideal 3-and-D guy for this Sixers team.

Joel Embiid: 23 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers

Joel did not have his shot working tonight — he missed his first six 3s before finally hitting a crucial one in the final minute, shot a subpar 8-of-12 from the free throw line, and missed a couple gimmes off great passes at the rim. Embiid also had some poor turnovers and didn’t do much to deter a couple lobs to Mitchell Robinson in the fourth quarter.

Otherwise, though, Embiid was excellent, particularly his work passing out of the post and finding teammates cross-court. The five assists were great, and Joel could have had a handful more if guys had knocked down open shots. It was also a good show of maturity from Embiid to keep his cool after Marcus Morris pulled him to the ground. The refs deemed it a double technical, while also giving Morris a Flagrant-1, but the technical for Embiid seemed more reputation-based than anything Joel really did. Nicely done to focus on what’s really important (and shout-out to Peacemaker Ben Simmons for entering the fray again).

Mike Scott: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 turnover

The guy Brett Brown dubbed a silent assassin during post-game had a big night from the outside. Scott went 4-of-6 from 3, heating up late with the first make coming during that third-quarter run and the other three dropping in the fourth quarter. I particularly liked Scott’s swagger in knocking down a long triple because Julius Randle couldn’t be bothered to take a couple steps out and defend Mike to the 3-point line.

Trey Burke: 9 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 0 turnovers

Getting run against his former club, Burke was looking like AI (in the words of Brett Brown). Playing 15 minutes, many of which came alongside Simmons as an off guard, Burke made great plays off the dribble and knocked down his 3-point attempt. He made a handful of terrific passes, missing out on a couple assists by teammates failing to convert (the missed lob by Embiid was a particularly bad assist-killer). Burke also at least gave effort on the defensive end, crucially taking a key charge on RJ Barrett in the fourth quarter.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer for the win over New York?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Ben Simmons
    (1237 votes)
  • 1%
    James Ennis
    (18 votes)
  • 0%
    Joel Embiid
    (9 votes)
  • 10%
    Mike Scott
    (147 votes)
  • 0%
    Trey Burke
    (14 votes)
1425 votes total Vote Now