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Sixers Bell Ringer: Milwaukee crushes shorthanded Sixers, who suffer fourth straight defeat

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Note: There is no traditional recap post for this game.

Sixers Bell Ringer season standings:

Joel Embiid - 23
Tobias Harris - 13
Ben Simmons - 7
Shake Milton - 6
Matisse Thybulle - 2
Danny Green - 2
Tyrese Maxey - 2
Furkan Korkmaz - 2
Dakota Mathias - 1
Tony Bradley - 1

The Sixers’ two cornerstone stars were both out for the team’s Saturday afternoon matinee, and it’s safe to say the supporting cast did not rally in the absence of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Philadelphia had a dreadful first half offensively, shooting 3-of-20 from 3 with 10 turnovers. Then, after the Sixers had managed to cut Milwaukee’s lead to just one midway through the third quarter, the Bucks went on a 29-5 run, putting the game well out of reach. Some questionable officiating certainly didn’t help, but the Sixers weren’t nearly up to the challenge of overcoming their dynamic duo being sidelined. Final: Milwaukee 132, Philadelphia 94. Here are your Bell Ringer nominees anyway.

Shake Milton: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers

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One of the lone bright spots concerning the Sixers’ disastrous two-game series in Milwaukee was the revived play of Shake Milton. Coming off Thursday night’s 20-point effort, Shake was the team’s primary source of offense in the first half, scoring 10 points in the second quarter alone. His rushed banked-in 3 might have been a bit of luck, but Milton otherwise still did his fair share of creating offense for himself when the Bucks had little reason to pay attention to his teammates. Hopefully, Shake is one guy on this team who can feel a little more confident when boarding the team jet.

Tyrese Maxey: 15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover

Philadelphia 76ers v Milwaukee Bucks

I didn’t give the rookie props after the first Bucks game when I maybe could have, so let’s be sure to recognize Tyrese here. Maxey finished with his highest point total in over two months, and while he couldn’t find the range from behind the arc, we can be encouraged by his ability to get to the free throw line in this one (5-of-6). Tyrese has that extra gear that doesn’t exist for other Sixers ball handlers, and it was great to see him finally get a couple whistles for a change once he got that first step past his defender. Of course, it wouldn’t be a strong Maxey performance without a floater.

Dwight Howard: 12 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover

Philadelphia 76ers v Milwaukee Bucks

In typical Dwight fashion, there was something to scratch your head about in regard to his performance. This time, it was three or four passes from Sixers teammates that slipped right through his hands for turnovers. But Howard battled, and with Philadelphia throwing up enough bricks to start a small LEGO convention, it was his work on the offensive glass that accounted for a fair amount of the team’s offense prior to halftime. He pulled down six o-boards, three of which resulted in putback buckets. Add in a couple lob finishes, and it was a productive offensive outing for the backup big (when he did manage to catch the ball at least)

Seth Curry: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover

Philadelphia 76ers v Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The only Sixer to make multiple 3s on the afternoon (2-of-5), Seth got red-hot and scored 10 points during a two-and-a-half-minute stretch in the third quarter. He briefly brought his team back into it, signaling the last moment when this still looked like a competitive basketball game. I’m not sure how exactly Curry can go from being invisible for 90 percent of his on-court time, to suddenly dousing the Bucks with napalm, and then back again, but it was a fun few minutes.

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Shake Milton
    (113 votes)
  • 53%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (275 votes)
  • 21%
    Dwight Howard
    (111 votes)
  • 3%
    Seth Curry
    (17 votes)
516 votes total Vote Now