For a refresher on our Bell Ringer series, take a look back at our first post of the season.
Bell Ringer Standings
Ben Simmons - 15
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
If there was any worry of the Sixers not having energy following a free night in Miami/a quarter of the roster being at the Super Bowl, well, you could certainly point to the defensive side of the ball to support that theory. Miami shot 16-of-32 from 3 and the Sixers only forced a total of three Heat turnovers. The Heat scored at least 40 points in both the third and fourth quarters. Jimmy Butler showed his former squad what they were missing with a season-high 38 points in just 29 minutes. It was all simply dreadful. Miami eventually won, 137-106, but as an exercise in totality, let’s choose a Sixers Bell Ringer.
Joel Embiid: 29 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers
Coming off his 1-of-11 shooting performance in Boston, it was encouraging to see Embiid draining shots right out of the gate. He shot 5-of-7 in the first quarter for 11 points, sinking a pair of baseline fadeaways, a face-up jumper, and a 3 from the top of the key. His final line was 9-of-14 from the field and 2-of-2 from 3, but as the game progressed, he had more success getting to the foul line, where he shot 9-of-11. If nothing else, it was wonderful to see the more-engaged version of Joel.
Mike Scott: 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 turnover
Scott was awful defensively (nearly everyone was, they allowed 137 points, after all), but he at least had the outside shot working. The forward finished 5-of-7 from behind the arc, the five made 3s tying a season-high. Do you hear that, opposing NBA teams? 5-of-7 from 3! You’d be foolish to pass that up at the trade deadline!
Shake Milton: 11 points, 4 assists, 2 turnovers
I continue to be impressed with Milton’s ability to create for himself off the dribble. Shake wasn’t connecting on his outside shot (1-of-5 from 3), but he finished 4-of-6 inside the arc, with three of those buckets coming from self-created dribble-drives within the half court. These are plays the Sixers sorely need within their half-court offense, particularly with Josh Richardson sidelined.
Ben Simmons: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 turnovers
Simmons’ Defensive Player of the Year campaign took a serious hit as Jimmy Butler got the best of him nearly every time the pair was matched up against one another. People will probably point to Ben lounging with Kendall by the pool earlier in the day, but it didn’t seem to affect his ability to attack the basket. Simmons had some swift forays to the rim, earning himself plenty of trips to the charity stripe, where he shot an impressive 8-of-9 from the line. You would take this offensive effort from Ben any day; you just want the defensive side not to go MIA in MIA, or for him to be saying, “We were soft” after the game.
Who is the Bell Ringer for the loss in Miami?
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