Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:
Joel Embiid - 4
Tobias Harris - 3
Shake Milton - 1
Dakota Mathias - 1
With over half the roster decimated by COVID-19 contact tracing and various injuries, the seven(ty) Sixers hung tough for about a half, before the Denver Nuggets used a lopsided third quarter to pull away for an eventual 115-103 win. While it’s an unfortunate circumstance under which the team suffered its first loss in Philadelphia since 2019, hopefully the defeat on the court is the worst result to come from a game the NBA really should have postponed. There were only seven possible candidates for Bell Ringer tonight, so let’s pick one.
Tyrese Maxey: 39 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers
Setting aside the fact that this game shouldn’t have taken place, it sure was fun to have Doc Rivers hand the keys of the offense to rookie Tyrese Maxey and let him take whatever shots he wanted. Maxey did not disappoint, going off for 39 points on 18-of-33 shooting, including a 3-of-8 mark from 3. He became the youngest player in franchise history to record a 30-point game, far exceeding his collegiate-high of 27 points.
Maxey’s floater game continues to be a work of art, and with a longer leash with his play-making duties today, he showed even more variety in the pull-up game and driving into contact. I also came away impressed with the rookie’s ability to create passing lanes for others; you have to be encouraged by only two turnovers in 44 minutes when Maxey nearly always had the ball in the hands. With the caveat that we’re hoping no health-related repercussions result from this game happening, the loss in the standings may ultimately prove beneficial in giving Maxey firsthand confidence at just how much he can excel at the NBA level.
Tyrese Maxey is ridiculous pic.twitter.com/zyjCMkjaFf— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) January 9, 2021
Paul Reed: 6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 4 turnovers
Reed’s game is still very much a work-in-progress. A few of his turnovers involved simply losing control of his dribble, not catching a nice feed from Tony Bradley under the basket, and falling down while trying to make a bounce pass. He also had a corner 3 attempt bounce up onto the top of the backboard. But darn it if Paul’s energy wasn’t positively impactful for the Sixers on both ends of the court. Reed flew around the court chasing down offensive rebounds (he had six), loose balls, and being an active help defender. It’s also delightful how Sixers PA announcer Matt Cord calls him BBall Paul (Reed’s Twitter handle) after made baskets. Happy to have you, BBall Paul.
Paul Reed with the steal, Tyrese Maxey with the dunk, and the Sixers take the lead! pic.twitter.com/OtXdd7tnXr— Tom West (@TomWestNBA) January 9, 2021
Tony Bradley: 11 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover
With the Sixers actually being deep at center this season, today marked only the second appearance of the season for Bradley, and the fourth-year big man acquitted himself well given the opportunity. He was just behind Reed for game-high offensive rebounding honors with five, and seems to have a knack for positioning himself in the right place around the basket to give a driving teammate an easy sightline for the dish-off. Unlike his veteran center compatriot, Bradley seemed able to play straight-up defense and remain active without going foul-happy. He appears to be a more than serviceable emergency option at the pivot.
Who is the Bell Ringer in the loss to Denver?
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