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Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:
Joel Embiid - 3
Dakota Mathias - 1
The Sixers saved one of their best performances of the year for the waning hours of 2020, routing Orlando by a 116-92 score that was never even close. Philadelphia scored 38 and 37 points in the first two quarters, making 10-of-17 3s to lead by 35 at halftime. The Sixers finished 15-of-33 from behind the arc, with even Dwight Howard (!) and Ben Simmons (!!!!) getting in on the long-range action. Let’s select our final Bell Ringer of 2020. Happy New Year, everyone!
Joel Embiid: 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers
With everyone firing away from 3, the Sixers didn’t need a mammoth performance from Embiid for a change, but he was still able to get whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. Joel did a terrific job in not turning the ball over and showing that improved decision-making in diagnosing double teams. In any one-on-one situation against Nikola Vucevic, Joel scored against Voose like he was Yi Jianlian’s chair. This spin move into a dunk was a speed and power combination on par with a Category 5 hurricane.
Embiid taking it right at Vucevic pic.twitter.com/ICOTtiGM4c— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 1, 2021
Tobias Harris: 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover
For the fourth straight game, Tobias shot 50 percent or better from the field, finishing 8-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from 3. This efficient version of Harris is slowly but surely winning back the fan base. Tobi has excised the pointless dribbling from his offensive game, shooting immediately when open, making the swing pass, or attacking a seam in the defense in a north-south fashion. No way Harris is stepping into a catch-and-shoot 3 in transition last year. When is he eligible for a max extension? (Just kidding, but keep playing well, Tobi.)
Tobias Harris no hesitation catch-and-shoot 3. This is what good offense looks like. pic.twitter.com/9SJLTH2djq— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) December 31, 2020
Seth Curry: 21 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover
The weather in Orlando was warm, but not nearly as hot as Seth Curry, who scorched the nets in a 5-of-7 effort from downtown. After a cold season opener, Curry has hit multiple 3s in each of the last four games, including a combined eight makes across the last two contests. My Talking About Podcast long-shot prediction of Seth finishing top-10 in the league in made 3s is looking better.
Ben Simmons: 9 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers
If Ben Simmons makes a 3, he gets on the Bell Ringer list. From the corner...in rhythm...hold me back, Alaa!
Matisse Thybulle: 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers
After going scoreless across the first four games (three of which he saw the court), it was great to see Matisse finally put the ball in the basket. Thybulle shot 3-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3, looking much more comfortable on the offensive end. He also made a handful of excellent defensive plays, but that comes with the territory with young ‘Bulle. As one of the team’s best defenders, the Sixers would love Matisse to improve offensively to be able to stay in the rotation. Tonight was a good sign.
Matisse Thybulle with two quick buckets -— Lauren Rosen (@LaurenMRosen) January 1, 2021
1) Drives to the basket, gets fouled, makes the FT.
2) a quick catch-and-shoot 3.
Who is the last Bell Ringer of 2020?
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