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Sixers Bell Ringer: Sixers lose consecutive home games for first time this season

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Sixers Bell Ringer season standings:

Joel Embiid - 22
Tobias Harris - 13
Ben Simmons - 7
Shake Milton - 5
Matisse Thybulle - 2
Danny Green - 2
Tyrese Maxey - 2
Furkan Korkmaz - 2
Dakota Mathias - 1
Tony Bradley - 1

Well, the Sixers held Devin Booker below 30 points. But honestly, missing three starters, you can’t be terribly disappointed about a hard-fought 116-113 defeat to a very good Phoenix Suns team. Philadelphia had no counter-spells to fight the wizardry of Point God Chris Paul (28 points, eight assists), and although the Sixers bottled him up for most of the night, Booker finally got loose for eight points in the final 2:03 of the game. After a missed free throw by Paul with less than a second left, Joel Embiid heaved a three-quarter-court shot that somehow banked off the glass and went halfway through the cylinder before clanging out.

We were millimeters away from the most amazing shot in our lifetimes. Alas, it was not to be. Let’s choose tonight’s Bell Ringer.

Joel Embiid: 38 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 8 turnovers

Phoenix Suns v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

He left the entire NBA community’s jaws hanging to the floor with a shot that almost went in. Plus, aside from some turnover issues in a sloppy stretch of the third quarter, Joel had himself yet another dominant outing. The big man got visibly angry about some silent whistles in the first half, and decided to take it out on former teammate Dario Saric, powering right through The Homie’s chest for a pair of buckets late in the second quarter. Embiid also had the outside shot working, canning three of his five 3-point attempts. Joel did everything he could to carry his team across the finish line, scoring 14 straight points for the Sixers until Furkan Korkmaz made a 3 with one second remaining. He’s literally putting these absurd lines up every game. Treasure him.

Matisse Thybulle: 0 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 0 turnovers

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Only Matisse could make the Bell Ringer nominee list without scoring. Thybulle did a masterful job slowing down Devin Booker, who routinely crushed the Sixers in every prior meeting. Not tonight, as young ‘Bulle stuck to him like glue, and on the rare occasions Booker thought he had some daylight, Matisse would fly out of nowhere and erase the shot. Outstanding effort from Thybulle at slowing down one of the best scorers in the game, and one that had Doc Rivers caping post-game for his young wing to make an All-Defense team.

Danny Green: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 0 turnovers

Phoenix Suns v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Green assumed higher usage with a lot of the regulars out; his 14 field-goal attempts were his most in the month of April. Danny hit seven of those shots and finished 4-of-7 from behind the arc. As usual, he sank a couple corner 3s, relocating into open space and knocking down those shots as he has more than any other player this season. Green also converted off a sharp backdoor cut and floated in a shot along the baseline for a little variety. Danny assisted three Furkan 3s, and just generally didn’t do anything to hurt the team tonight. Classic “bring a lot to the table without taking anything off” game for Green.

Tyrese Maxey: 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover

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Tonight might have been the best two-way performance of Tyrese’s brief NBA career. Maxey was excellent offensively for the second straight game, flashing that ability to beat his man off the dribble and finish with contorted underhand lay-ins. He also had a terrific lob to Dwight Howard out of the pick-and-roll. Defensively, though, the rookie really picked up his game, being active and making the right rotations. Maxey had a Matisse-like block from behind on Cameron Payne. One of the silver linings of the shorthanded roster lately has been seeing the strides Tyrese has made in his game.

George Hill: 11 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 block, 0 turnovers

Phoenix Suns v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The reasons Hill was such a terrific acquisition for the Sixers were on display Wednesday night. He shot 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3, creating for himself off the dribble and hitting a stepback and a pull-up 3, all qualities in short supply on this roster. With Hill also giving Doc Rivers another long, versatile defender to throw out there, we’re going to see plenty of the veteran playing important minutes down the stretch of the season and come playoff time.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the loss to Phoenix?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Joel Embiid
    (421 votes)
  • 15%
    Matisse Thybulle
    (95 votes)
  • 3%
    Danny Green
    (21 votes)
  • 6%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (37 votes)
  • 5%
    George Hill
    (31 votes)
605 votes total Vote Now