For a refresher on our Bell Ringer series, take a look back at our first post of the season.
Bell Ringer Standings
Ben Simmons - 14
Tobias Harris - 9
Joel Embiid - 8
Josh Richardson - 8
Matisse Thybulle - 3
Furkan Korkmaz - 3
Al Horford - 1
James Ennis - 1
Raul Neto - 1
Shake Milton - 1
So much for the season sweep. Closing out the season series in Boston after winning the first three meetings between the clubs, the Sixers fell behind by double digits just five minutes into the game. Although Philadelphia closed the deficit slightly to eight points heading into halftime, the Celtics ballooned the lead to over 20 points in the third quarter and the outcome was never really in question from then on. We were all witness to Tacko time in the final minutes of an eventual 116-95 Celtics victory. On to tonight’s Bell Ringer:
Ben Simmons: 23 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers
The main bright spot for the Sixers in an otherwise horrific performance was Ben Simmons continuing to show that whatever offensive struggles he had against the Celtics are a thing of the past. Ben was able to get the basket seemingly at will, finishing 9-of-14 from the field with four dunks. The only issue was the occasions when Simmons opted to be passive in obvious attack situations, which led to bad turnovers as he made awkward passes off his feet. They can’t stop you, Ben, and you were one of the few Sixers out there tonight giving more than a half-hearted effort. Take it yourself!
Ben Simmons big drive and dunk pic.twitter.com/dPntmA3mht— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) February 2, 2020
Shake Milton: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 0 turnovers
The Celtics clearly targeted Shake defensively, and Milton had little success slowing down whatever Boston wing he had the misfortune of lining up against on a particular possession. However, at least Shake kept battling, scoring all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, including seven in a two-minute span towards the beginning of the period that helped the Sixers cut the deficit to 13. Would they use that run as a springboard to get back into the game for real? No, no they would not.
Furkan Korkmaz: 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover
Furkan was pivotal in the Sixers closing the gap in the second period, scoring nine points in the quarter. The guard flashed a quick trigger with a pair of 3s on the game, and also converted nice buckets off the bounce and a baseline cut. Korkmaz finished 11-of-21 from the field against Boston this season, a good sign he can be a useful part of the rotation against playoff-caliber competition.
Who is the Bell Ringer for the loss in Boston?
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