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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 78 - The Painful March to the Postseason Continues

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Are the playoffs here yet?

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post.

Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 25
Ben Simmons - 20
Jimmy Butler - 10
JJ Redick - 8
Tobias Harris - 4
Robert Covington - 1
Dario Saric - 1
T.J. McConnell - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Landry Shamet - 1
Corey Brewer - 1
Boban Marjanovic - 1
Mike Scott - 1
Shake Milton - 1
Jonah Bolden - 1

The Sixers continued their late-season commitment to defensive indifference, surrendering 42 points in the first quarter to a Hawks team playing the second game of a back-to-back. Yet, Philadelphia still could have pulled out the win, if not for an atrocious 22-of-38 night at the foul line. Your choices from the 130-122 defeat are as follows:

JJ Redick: 30 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers

Redick reached the 30-point mark for the fourth time this season, sinking six of his 13 3-point attempts on the evening. In the process, he passed Kyle Korver in setting a new team record for 3s made in a season. I don’t know what it says about the Sixers that without Joel Embiid, their offense primarily revolves around springing the 34-year-old Redick free off screens or dribble hand-offs, but I sure am glad he’s around. Curiously, though, even JJ joined in on the team’s free throw shooting woes, shooting just 4-of-7 at the charity stripe.

Jonah Bolden: 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers

On the seesaw of inconsistency that is Bolden’s Embiid-rest-induced starting tenure, things swung back upward against the Hawks. Bolden recorded his first career double-double, displaying terrific energy in tracking down a whopping eight offensive rebounds. Aside from the work on the boards, he just displays more fluidity than any of the other backup center options. Whether it’s attacking a close-out and dishing the ball to Redick for 3, or helping to blitz Trae Young late in the game on the perimeter to force a turnover, Bolden more closely aligns with the type of gameplay style you’re going to see in the playoffs. Hopefully, Brett Brown is seeing the same thing.

Tobias Harris: 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers

Harris never had a sustained stretch where he took over the game, but he efficiently chipped in with a bucket here and there for his third straight game of more than 20 points. Bonus points go to Tobias for being the only Sixers player to step up to the foul line without missing, finishing 7-of-7 on the game.

Poll

Who is your selection for the loss to the Hawks?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    JJ Redick
    (235 votes)
  • 22%
    Jonah Bolden
    (77 votes)
  • 8%
    Tobias Harris
    (28 votes)
340 votes total Vote Now