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Sixers Bell Ringer: Clippers snap Sixers’ winning streak

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NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Note: The Bell Ringer series is going to post in the morning while the Sixers are on the West Coast.

Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 17
Tobias Harris - 9
Ben Simmons - 7
Shake Milton - 4
Matisse Thybulle - 2
Danny Green - 2
Tyrese Maxey - 1
Dakota Mathias - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Tony Bradley - 1

The Sixers returned to the Staples Center for the second straight game, but the Clippers were not as welcoming as the Lakers. Philadelphia had no answer for the Clippers’ star duo of Kawhi Leonard (28 points) and Paul George (24 points), while Terance Mann came off the bench for 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting. With the Sixers undersized in the frontcourt, Dwight Howard was ejected for the second straight game (get it together, Dwight), and Ben Simmons fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Sixers trailed by double figures for the entirety of the final frame in the 122-112 loss. Let’s choose a Bell Ringer.

Tobias Harris: 29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 turnovers

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Facing his former club, Tobias was the main offensive engine for the Sixers as they tried to keep pace with the Clippers’ potent attack. Tobi shot a sparkling 13-of-19 from the field, getting to his spots at will with his combination of change-of-pace dribble and physicality. It’s amazing how confident I felt watching Harris back down Paul George for turnaround jumpers. When help came, Tobias made the right reads to find a cutting Ben Simmons for a dunk or Danny Green behind the arc for 3.

Danny Green: 17 points, 0 turnovers

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Those familiar Staples Center sightlines paid off for the second straight game for Green, who knocked down his first three 3-pointers and finished 5-of-9 from behind the arc. Green has now made at least three 3s in six straight games. I’m sure my Talking About Podcast co-host Daniel Olinger was thrilled by the weirdness of this game for Danny, who didn’t record a single rebound, assist, steal, or block.

Shake Milton: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3 turnovers

Philadelphia 76ers v LA Clippers Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Shake returned to the arena and faced the team against whom his legend first grew and he originally caught Doc Rivers’ eye. Milton didn’t go off for 39 points, but he did score a productive 16 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line. Shake hit a bunch of tough turnaround and pull-up jumpers. Just lock away that way-too-casual behind-the-back pass on the fast break and never bring it out in a game again.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the loss to the Clippers?

This poll is closed

  • 93%
    Tobias Harris
    (851 votes)
  • 4%
    Danny Green
    (42 votes)
  • 1%
    Shake Milton
    (15 votes)
908 votes total Vote Now