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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 81 - Sixers play their part in Dwyane Wade’s farewell to Miami

Tonight was about #3 for the Heat, not the 3-seed in the East

Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

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

Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 27
Ben Simmons - 20
Jimmy Butler - 10
JJ Redick - 9
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

In a game largely devoid of meaning for a Sixers squad locked in as the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, future Hall-of-Famer Dwyane Wade went off for 30 points in what was his final home game and also possibly the final game of his career (the Heat play tomorrow night in Brooklyn, but Miami was eliminated from the playoffs tonight thanks to Detroit’s victory over Memphis). Miami defeated the Sixers, 122-99, and though the game was of minuscule importance from the Sixers’ perspective, let’s choose a Bell Ringer anyway.

Zhaire Smith: 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers

Zhaire received his first career start, and as a result, reached double figures for the first time with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting. He showed some of the lone flashes of defense from the Sixers as a team. Offensively, he shot 1-of-3 from behind the arc, but surprisingly, did not look hesitant to confidently drive the ball to the hole on multiple occasions.

And the hops are still there.


Ben Simmons: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 4 turnovers

Simmons was one of the few regulars playing Tuesday night to not look like he was mired in a horrific slump, or actively helping a fellow college alumnus. Ben played volleyball to tap in a shot off an in-bounds pass with just 0.4 seconds left on the shot clock (he used his right hand, of course). Simmons also showed how he might have been an expert ballet dancer in another life with a pretty spin move to knife through the defense for a bucket.

Greg Monroe: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover

In the battle for the fourth center spot, newcomer Greg Monroe might be staking his claim (sorry, Amir). The latest Philly Moose shot 6-of-8 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line for a team-high 18 points in just 19 minutes. Sure, the majority came in absolute garbage time, but that’s what a fourth center is for, right? To turn 30-point losses into 20-point losses? If the backup wing competition was the quiet tournament, is this the silent tournament?

Boban Marjanovic: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover

Boban did his usual Boban things. He was a liability defensively when the Heat were able to pull him away from the rim, but was able to do some damage himself near the basket. In a game largely lacking “quality basketball play” for Sixers fans viewing from home, at least watching Boban dunk from his tiptoes is always capable of putting a smile on my face.

If I’m going to be real with you for a second, I just wanted an excuse to include my favorite picture of 2019.

Will Smith is 6-foot-2 — imagine if Martin Lawrence was in this group shot!


Who is your Bell Ringer from D-Wade’s final home game?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Zhaire Smith
    (265 votes)
  • 17%
    Ben Simmons
    (88 votes)
  • 23%
    Greg Monroe
    (118 votes)
  • 5%
    Boban Marjanovic
    (25 votes)
496 votes total Vote Now

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