Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:
Joel Embiid - 18
Tobias Harris - 13
Ben Simmons - 7
Shake Milton - 5
Matisse Thybulle - 2
Danny Green - 2
Tyrese Maxey - 2
Dakota Mathias - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Tony Bradley - 1
While most teams probably aren’t ecstatic about having to play the second of a back to back on the road, one almost got the sense the Sixers didn’t mind a chance to wash the taste of spoiled crawfish gumbo out of their mouths with a game tonight against the tanking Thunder. Philadelphia was shorthanded to be sure. Danny Green missed his first game as a Sixer with hip soreness. Ironman Tobias Harris also got a night off to rest his sore knee. That left Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Seth Curry as typical starters joined by Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz as spot starts. It wasn’t quite a wire to wire victory, as the ball game was knotted at 8 a piece early in the first, but the Sixers never trailed. They showed out well just an hour and ten minute drive from Marlow, Oklahoma, where former Sixers’ team President Sam Hinkie once grew up and played both defensive back and point guard for the Outlaws. He had something to do with landing the Sixers two All-Stars once upon a time. He also made a trade or two that helped land a certain Turkish Flame Thrower to Philadelphia, one of our bell ringer candidates here. But I won’t share who, you’ll have to guess.
The good guys took this one 117-93 and none of their regular starters notched over 30 minutes. Let’s get to tonight’s bell ringer.
Joel Embiid: 27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 assists, 10-17 fg, 7-9 ft
Doc Rivers hinted last night that because of an awkward fall Embiid experienced in New Orleans, there was a chance Jo might not play this evening. But The Process suited up and put concerns to rest. Here, splitting the double en route to a thunderous hoop:
Embiid did settle for a bevy of flat looking bricks against the massive Māori Steven Adams yesterday. So it was nice to see him begin to rediscover his midrange touch tonight.
And patrolling the paint here, Embiid doesn’t need any fraidy hole to hide out from this twister, sends it back the other way:
He’ll have a day to rest up before a big game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
Ben Simmons: 13 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, a game high +22, and not one but two midrange pull ups?!
Ben hasn’t had a signature game in a couple of weeks so it was nice to see him playing well, and experimenting with some jump shots this evening. In year’s past it’s been clubs like the Cavaliers or the Knicks where he might pull out the odd three pointer. Tonight, as solid favorites, it was a chance for him to test pilot a couple of these elbow length looks:
Ben Simmons showing off some range tonight! pic.twitter.com/lYdLtcUHjK— Harrison Grimm (@Harrison_Grimm) April 11, 2021
And this one:
Ben Simmons with a second jumper tonight! pic.twitter.com/ePDtxfwYww— Harrison Grimm (@Harrison_Grimm) April 11, 2021
It would be intriguing to see Simmons experiment with a few more of these against stiffer competition as he gains comfort. As much as it’s discussed and over discussed, it would make him a bigger half court threat if defenders had to respect these types of looks in addition to the rest of his arsenal.
Furkan Korkmaz: 20 points, 4-10 from deep, career high 5 steals, 1 block, several rim rockers
I’m not sure what the Furk was in this man’s fried okra this morning but he took the term 3-n-d extremely seriously tonight. Korkmaz drilled 4 triples, helped himself to 5 swipes, 1 block, and a few rim shakers.
Furkan almost broke the backboard. Listen to it Woulda been the most unexpected backboard breaker breaking a backboard. https://t.co/26QigFqbjp— Brian Jacobs - The Painted Lines (@BrianMikeJacobs) April 11, 2021
Korkmaz had a Robert Covingtonesque type of game tonight and continues to impress on this road trip, shooting the ball well but also getting into passing lanes and playing the role of disruptor. Is it me or does he love balling out on west coast road trips?
Furkan Korkmaz's game-winner with Titanic music is a thing of beauty pic.twitter.com/nNVGuyr8Va— Ry (@NinjaBands) November 3, 2019
Matisse Thybulle: 3 steals, 2 blocks, 3 rebounds, 1-2 from downtown, +12 plus-minus, and other Matisse-like things
This is such a Matisse-like stat line it’s silly. While other shooting guards in a spot start might have collected 14 points, Matisse just wracked up the stocks, or slocks, or whatever abbreviated version of steals and blocks you prefer. For the love of beating the Nets, please get this man more minutes! He’s such a unique and fun player and turns average offensive possessions for the opponent into fast break opportunities for the Sixers. He’s a one-man momentum swinger:
Master thief Matisse in action. pic.twitter.com/V3pzmLroX2— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 11, 2021
Mike Scott: 13 points, 1 steal, 2 rebounds, 3-6 from 3, 5-9 from the field, and a +9 off the bench
If there was one guy on the Sixers who could have used a big game it was Mike Scott. The team signed a stretch big today, in Anthony Tolliver, who may or may not see minutes over the course of his ten-day contract. But if he were to, Scott is one player who presumably could lose minutes. With that looming over the team, Scott certainly didn’t show any signs of feeling pressure. The former UVA Cavalier had one of his best outings in awhile, his highest point total since January 12th’s overtime win against the Heat. A +9 in just 19 minutes of action, his long range bombs helped keep the lead in hand, while buying some key rest for the starters. If Tolliver thought cracking into the rotation was going to be a funnel cake walk, the Threegional manager had something to say about it this evening.
.@mikescott shooting 11-26 (42%) from three over his last seven games.— brianseltzer (@brianseltzer) April 11, 2021
Mike Scott saw that 10-day signing.— Paul Hudrick (@PaulHudrick) April 11, 2021
Who is the bell ringer tonight in OKC?
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