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Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 52 - Four road games, four losses, as Sixers fall in Milwaukee

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0-4 on the road trip. Yikes.

Philadelphia 76ers v Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

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 - 9
Josh Richardson - 8
Matisse Thybulle - 3
Furkan Korkmaz - 3
Al Horford - 1
James Ennis - 1
Raul Neto - 1
Shake Milton - 1

I hope Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III are ready for a challenge. Playing hours after the trade deadline, the Sixers finished out their four-game road trip with yet another loss, falling 112-101 to Milwaukee. While it wasn’t quite the lifeless effort we saw in Boston and Miami, a Sixers team built explicitly to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo, could not slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo. Aside from airballing and missing plenty of the open 3s the Sixers offered him, the Greek Freak was able to do whatever he wanted on the court, recording 36 points, 20 rebounds, and six assists. Let’s select one final road Bell Ringer before the team mercifully returns home tomorrow night.

Tobias Harris: 25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover

Reminiscent of the Christmas Day game, Tobi was once again red-hot from behind the arc, knocking down five of his six attempts from 3. Everyone will want to point to the ugly turnover Harris had trying to come around the screen where the ball was poked from behind, but he was the only player on the team able to navigate into the lane and score from the mid-range. Sure, there were some shot attempts where Tobias threw it up in a crowd, but that was more a problem of Milwaukee defenders being able to collapse because they weren’t worried about the other guys spacing the floor. Harris did his job tonight.

Ben Simmons: 11 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 4 turnovers

Well, Ben played with energy. You can’t look at the number of possessions he kept alive by fighting on the offensive glass and tipping balls out and deny it. The Sixers were at their best when Simmons cranked up the tempo and flew up and down the court in transition to drive and create open looks for others on the kick-out. Unfortunately, the aggressive offensive play we saw from Simmons during the team’s recent Embiid-less stretch wasn’t entirely there tonight. The Sixers need more than six shot attempts from Ben.

Matisse Thybulle: 5 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers

Thybulle had a classic “bring some things to the table, take nothing off it” performance. Offensively, he flushed home a fierce baseline dunk and drained one of his two 3-point attempts. Matisse also got back on that “stock” life tonight, making a handful of excellent defensive plays, including this outstanding block of Pat Connaughton.

Marial Shayok: 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 turnover

Shayok appeared in his first NBA game and less than one minute into his on-court stint, he let it fly. Splash. At least one Sixer will want to remember tonight’s game.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer for the loss in Milwaukee?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Tobias Harris
    (322 votes)
  • 22%
    Ben Simmons
    (152 votes)
  • 5%
    Matisse Thybulle
    (35 votes)
  • 24%
    Marial Shayok
    (167 votes)
676 votes total Vote Now