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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 8 - Sixers drop a heartbreaker in Denver

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Denver Nuggets Ron Chenoy-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 - 2

Ben Simmons - 1

Tobias Harris - 1

Furkan Korkmaz - 1

Al Horford - 1

Josh Richardson-1

The Sixers looked to shake off a two-game losing streak while on the road in a hostile environment at altitude without their All-Star from Australia, Ben Simmons. They played a terrific three quarters until an agonizing fourth period when the Sixers blew a 19 point lead, getting outscored 35-17 over the final twelve. There are no moral victories in a championship or bust season like this one. But Philadelphia did play better without Ben Simmons than one might have guessed. Select your Bell Ringer.

Joel Embiid: 19 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, 8 turnovers, 1 block

“The Process” anchored a defense that held Denver to just 100 points in their own gym. On paper, that might be a number Head Coach Brett Brown would take going in. But there were a few occasional lapses here or there, uncharacteristic of the big fella. The turnovers are a big problem, as those possessions helped to ignite Denver’s comeback. No doubt, Embiid and his team would like a mulligan on that final period.

Raul Neto: 13 points, 6 assists, 1 block, 2 rebounds, 3-3 from downtown

One big question heading into the first full game without Ben Simmons (nursing an AC sprain) was how heavily Brett Brown might lean on Neto, who absorbed the bulk of the backup minutes when Ben went down after ten minutes in Utah. Neto played pretty well draining all his shots from deep and meshed well with both starters and bench units. He played like much more than his vet-min contract. He’s shaping up to be a nice find if he can stay healthy.

Kyle O’Quinn: 11 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound 5-6 from the field, +8 in just 8 minutes. It’s not often you see someone come in cold and get 5 buckets in just 8 minutes and not see more time. KOQ made the most of his offensive possessions, however, and helped the Sixers build their big lead.

Tobias Harris: 13 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, two blocks, 4 assists

You like to see the stocks for Tobias, who has certainly upped his defensive statistics, early this season so far. You’d like to see a little bit more crunch time scoring in the half court set in these huge road spots vs. elite teams like Utah and Denver. Nonetheless, Harris playing better defense than at any other point in his career and apparently committing to that end of the floor is a positive sign.

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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