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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 17 - Joel Embiid scoreless as Sixers let one slip away in Toronto

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NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors Dan Hamilton-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 - 4
Ben Simmons - 3
Tobias Harris - 3
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Al Horford - 1

Joel Embiid was scoreless in the first half for the first time in his career. He also did not score in the second half. No word yet on whether there’s another half forthcoming in which he’ll have a chance to get on the scoreboard. Yet, the Sixers still led 94-88 with five minutes remaining, before the Raptors went on a 13-2 run to end the game and seal a 101-96 Philadelphia defeat. Scotiabank Arena continues to be a house of horrors.

Bell Ringer candidates are as follows:

Josh Richardson: 25 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 turnover

One game after he scored a season-high 32 points against Miami, Richardson showed he can also light up the scoreboard in non-revenge games. Josh finished 5-of-9 from behind the arc, but it was more than floor spacing that made him vital to the Sixers’ cause. More often than not, with the Sixers having nothing happening in the half court, it was up to Richardson to create something from nothing in isolation. On many occasions, J-Rich was up to the challenge. His rejection of a Pascal Siakam attempted lay-up showed off some of his defensive versatility, as well.

Al Horford: 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 1 turnover

Quietly efficient: the Al Horford story. Big Al went 5-of-7 from the field and 1-of-1 from 3, content to let Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris handle the bulk of the offensive load. Horford did dish out a couple of his assists from the post, both times finding J-Rich behind the arc, and also found Ben Simmons with a perfect lob on high-low action. In a perfect world in which the Sixers could score in crunch time, we would fondly remember Al having what could have been a game-saving block of OG Anunoby with two minutes remaining in the game and the Sixers hanging onto a two-point advantage.

Tobias Harris: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers

Tobi’s shooting revival continues, as the former Clipper knocked down a trio of triples on seven attempts; it was Harris’ third time in his last six games sinking three treys. He had a couple strong drives to the rim to finish over Embiid-stopper Marc Gasol, and kept the ball humming around the perimeter on some good-to-great shot sequences for the Sixers offense.

Ben Simmons: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 14 assists, 2 steals, 7 turnovers

Is Ben Simmons the best quarterback among Philadelphia athletes? This is the sort of question one wonders after two days of disappointing sports outcomes for the City of Brotherly Love, which included seeing Ben grab a rebound with one hand and in a single motion whip the ball the length of the court for a Tobias Harris bucket. Simmons distributed the ball all over the hardwood with his season-high 14 assists, although it was a Jameis Winston-like performance with seven turnovers. His last turnover particularly stung, as Simmons didn’t put enough mustard on a lob attempt to Harris with 11 seconds left that could have put the Sixers ahead by one.

Mike Scott: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 0 turnovers

Wearing black and yellow sneaks (presumably in honor of the Hive), Scott had the hot hand Monday night. The Threegional Manager went 3-of-5 from downtown, serving as the only Sixers bench player to reach double figures.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the loss to Toronto

This poll is closed

  • 83%
    Josh Richardson
    (679 votes)
  • 2%
    Al Horford
    (19 votes)
  • 2%
    Tobias Harris
    (19 votes)
  • 8%
    Ben Simmons
    (69 votes)
  • 3%
    Mike Scott
    (30 votes)
816 votes total Vote Now