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Sixers Bell Ringer: Philadelphia stumbles in blowout loss to Grizzlies

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NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Philadelphia 76ers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:

Joel Embiid - 17
Tobias Harris - 11
Ben Simmons - 7
Shake Milton - 5
Matisse Thybulle - 2
Danny Green - 2
Tyrese Maxey - 2
Dakota Mathias - 1
Furkan Korkmaz - 1
Tony Bradley - 1

Having played the night before, the Sixers entered Sunday night with a rest disadvantage and without Joel Embiid, who sat out after making his return from injury against Minnesota. In the first half, the Sixers ran the clogged toilet offense and fell behind by 10 points. In the third quarter, the clogged toilet started spewing sewage everywhere, and Memphis exploded for 45 points in the period. The Grizzlies led by as many as 28 points, before the empty-the-bench crew brought Philadelphia back to within 13 in the fourth quarter, prompting Memphis to have the starters re-enter the game. Another moral victory! The Sixers eventually fell, 116-100. Let’s get to the Bell Ringer.

Tobias Harris: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 2 turnovers

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Philadelphia 76ers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Tobi was the lone starter to have a productive game on the offensive end, finishing 8-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line in just 27 minutes of action. In addition to his usual tough turnaround jumpers and full-head-of-steam forays in the open court, Harris also made a couple sharp cuts to finish around the basket off feeds from Ben Simmons. If the rest of the rotation had pulled its weight, the Closer would have been ready to bring this one home.

Paul Reed: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Philadelphia 76ers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

BBall Paul earned himself some first-quarter burn, dunking off a Furkan Korkmaz dish right before the end of the period. It was his work in the fourth quarter that turned heads, though, as part of the third unit that dropped a 20-5 run on Memphis. Reed was his usual ball of energy, jumping passing lanes and proving bouncy in rim protection, while throwing down even more slams, including a fierce one-handed reverse. The only downside was Doc Rivers saying after the game Paul isn’t ready to see time as a smallball 5. He’s ready, Doc!

Isaiah Joe: 6 points, 2 assists, 0 turnovers

Memphis Grizzlies v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Joe flashed his playmaking abilities on that bench battalion, earning himself a couple trips to the charity stripe and making a pair of smooth slip passes off drives for Reed dunks. Joe’s calling card has always been his outside shooting, of course, so it was also good to see him come off a little DHO action with Reed at the top of the key to nail a 3. Secondary playmaking, long-range prowess, these are definitely skill sets the Sixers can use more of on the roster.

Poll

Who is the Bell Ringer in the loss to Memphis?

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  • 52%
    Tobias Harris
    (363 votes)
  • 46%
    Paul Reed
    (322 votes)
  • 1%
    Isaiah Joe
    (7 votes)
692 votes total Vote Now