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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 7 - Sixers suffer another close loss in Utah

Feeling blue at 5-2

Philadelphia 76ers v Utah Jazz Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

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

Bell Ringer Standings

Joel Embiid - 2
Ben Simmons - 1
Tobias Harris - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Al Horford - 1

The Sixers welcomed back one star in Joel Embiid, only to see another one depart, as Ben Simmons left the game after 10 minutes with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. A lackluster third quarter saw the Jazz pull ahead by double digits, with Utah eventually holding on for the 106-104 victory. Select your Bell Ringer for the Sixers:

Josh Richardson: 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 turnover

J-Rich had his best offensive performance as a member of the Sixers, scoring a season-high 24 points by shooting 8-of-13 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Richardson knocked down a couple triples, successfully worked the mid-range game, and slithered his way to the rim on multiple occasions. He was his typically fiesty self defensively, even if it wasn’t a perfectly shut-down performance on that end of the court.

Unfortunately, a couple poor plays capped off Richardson’s night. First, he had a wild turnover with 20 seconds left and the Sixers down four points, leaving his feet on a baseline drive with nowhere to pass the ball. Then, Josh head-scratchingly waited until the buzzer to shoot, having in-bounded the ball with six seconds left, still down by four. Still, overall, it was a very positive effort to build upon for the new Sixer.

Joel Embiid: 27 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers

The Sixers clearly made an effort to involve Embiid in his return to the lineup, feeding him early and often on the interior to a fair amount of success. Joel was able to draw one foul after another against the Jazz frontcourt, even Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, who eventually fouled out in the final minute. JoJo made Utah pay for their transgressions, sinking 16-of-18 free throws. I also liked the continued development of his passing, particularly one beautiful cross-court pass to find Furkan Korkmaz for 3, and he was a clear difference-maker on the defensive end.

However, Embiid did pull a disappearing act for much of the second half. His first second-half point did not come until there were less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. When we think back on this performance, though, I mainly want to remember this sweet, one-footed fadeaway baseline jumper:

Raul Neto: 11 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers

Playing a season-high 30 minutes in the wake of Ben Simmons’ injury, Neto acquitted himself well off the bench. He once again pestered the opposition defensively, with his three steals actually marking a career-high. Offensively, Raul was more assertive than we had previously seen him, taking and making a handful of off-balance jumpers and runners. It was an added bit of shot creation the Sixers sorely needed.

Tobias Harris: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers

After looking as lifeless as a corpse for the first three quarters, Tobias finally rose like Frankenstein’s monster in the final frame, scoring 11 of his 16 points to lead the Sixers’ comeback charge. Although he shot just 4-of-11 from the field on the evening, Harris was able to score efficiently by compiling 10 free throw attempts (making eight).

Philadelphia needed Harris to be much more aggressive; the one 3-point attempt is incongruous with winning basketball for this roster. Tobi finally shifting into another gear was when the Sixers started looking like the team we saw during the first week-and-a-half of the season.

Poll

Who was the team’s Bell Ringer from the loss in Denver?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Josh Richardson
    (599 votes)
  • 33%
    Joel Embiid
    (518 votes)
  • 22%
    Al Horford
    (352 votes)
  • 5%
    Tobias Harris
    (91 votes)
1560 votes total Vote Now

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