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Sixers Bell Ringer: Another asterisk loss for shorthanded Sixers in Atlanta

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Note: No traditional recap post for tonight’s game. Air all your grievances here.

Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 4
Tobias Harris - 3
Shake Milton - 1
Tyrese Maxey - 1
Dakota Mathias - 1

With Joel Embiid back in the lineup and the return of he and Mike Scott bringing the Sixers’ roster back up to nine players, it looked like Philadelphia might have a better chance of pulling out a win tonight in Atlanta. At least early on, things looked good, as 16 first-quarter points from Embiid helped the Sixers to a four-point lead at the end of the period. However, things like “having to play Embiid and Dwight Howard together” and “one-time Bell Ringer Dakota Mathias being in the starting lineup” eventually started to play a factor, and the Hawks outscored the Sixers by 36 across the second and third quarters. It also didn’t help one bit that veterans Scott and Danny Green combined to shoot 1-of-16 from the floor for the game.

A few minutes into the third quarter, with a back-to-back looming, Embiid was done for the night and Alaa was dishing out obscure William & Mary factoids on the broadcast. The benches completely emptied for much of the fourth quarter and we saw more Tony Bradley ball-handling than I ever envisioned occurring. Final: Atlanta 112, Philadelphia 94. Adam Silver, remind me again why the Sixers have to endure these losses when other teams get their games postponed. Let’s choose a “THEY HATE THE PROCESS” Bell Ringer.

Joel Embiid: 24 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 3 turnovers

Philadelphia 76ers v Atlanta Hawks Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

As mentioned above, the beginning of the game showed signs of an “Embiid drags the team to victory” type of performance. He had 16 points in the first quarter, catching Hawks big men with their hands on him and wisely drawing the foul (he finished 7-of-8 at the line), and adroitly dashing around and, if needed, through the defense. He was certainly at fault on a couple occasions for trying to make too much happen, which led to an awkward stumble or two, but all 24 of his points came in the first half, and with one or two more regular rotation players in the fold, Joel might have been able to make a game of this.

Tyrese Maxey: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers

Philadelphia 76ers v Atlanta Hawks Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

Maxey has been far and away the real treat of “Adam Silver makes a mockery of the Sixers” season and the rook did not disappoint once again. He flashed that blow-by ability to get past his defender and repeatedly lay it in off the glass from the zone in-between a runner and a lay-up. Maxey also hit a mid-range pull-up and if he knocks down that shot consistently, the league better appeal to a higher power. On the defensive end, Trae Young had some success getting inside the arc and tossing lobs to Clint Capela, but I wouldn’t say Tyrese did a poor job on him. He forced a couple tough shots, poked the ball away from behind on one play, and timed a Trae pull-up 3 for a block so quickly and perfectly that I started having convulsions of delight in my living room.

Isaiah Joe: 18 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover

Defensively, Joe gets easily pushed off spots and isn’t quick enough to stay in front of smaller guards. But given the extended playing time the last few days, he has shown that his primary skill — shooting the rock — does indeed translate to the NBA level. Joe finished 4-of-7 from 3 and has shown no hesitation the last couple games in pulling up from a couple feet beyond the arc. If nothing else, being able to make it rain from anywhere inside 26 feet gives the Sixers something to build upon with the second-round pick.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the loss to Atlanta?

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  • 39%
    Joel Embiid
    (355 votes)
  • 29%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (267 votes)
  • 31%
    Isaiah Joe
    (282 votes)
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