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Sixers Bell Ringer: Wolves and schedule send Sixers home for the holidays with a loss

I hope your holiday weekend goes better than the Sixers’ first quarter tonight.

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Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Tyrese Maxey - 5
Joel Embiid - 4
Tobias Harris - 2
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1
De’Anthony Melton - 1
Jaden Springer - 1

Tonight’s contest looked like a loss as soon as the schedule makers released the 82-game slate. The Wolves came in well-rested against a Sixers team traveling on the tail end of a back-to-back. Philadelphia made things worse on themselves by playing poorly for 2.5 quarters last night against Cleveland, necessitating an overtime frame after their comeback that ultimately still ended in a loss. Joel Embiid understandably got his first rest night of the season tonight after playing through a bothersome hip for over a week.

It looked like it would be a laugher and a waste of our viewing time when Minnesota went up by as many as 19 points in the first quarter. To the Sixers’ credit, they clawed back and made the game competitive until a few minutes into the fourth quarter, eventually falling, 112-99. Just a tough spot against a Timberwolves squad playing some really good ball thus far this season. Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone! Here are your Bell Ringer nominees:

Tobias Harris: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover

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Torrel Harris got his wish tonight, as his son and client was involved in a lot more on-ball action, working pick-and-rolls and isolation situations. It worked well in the first half, with Tobias racking up 13 points and a couple nice teammate set-ups prior to the intermission. Going 7-of-8 from the foul line, Harris did a good job bodying people and repeatedly drawing contact. As always, it’s a nice luxury to have a player like Tobias who can scale his offense up, as needed.

Marcus Morris Sr.: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers

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Morris has not played well this year, so I felt justified in groaning and piling on with the jokes when he received the unexpected starting nod in place of Embiid. Things started off poorly with two fouls in the first two minutes, but eventually Nick Nurse’s vision was realized. Morris hit some outside shots (3-of-5 from three), and his presence enabled the Sixers to draw the Wolves big men outside the pain; he actually punished them with some drives as well. The defense was still not great, but given everything, solid performance, Marcus. I’ll take the big ol’ L on this call tonight. I guess the moral of the story is to trust Nick Nurse’s gut.

Paul Reed: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 4 blocks, 1 turnover

Philadelphia 76ers v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

Likely due to his minutes normally being capped playing behind Joel, Bball Paul was one of the few guys with some spring in his step for the Sixers. Reed was a demon on the offensive glass (six o-boards), and showed off some effective, if not altogether smooth, footwork. One lefty hook over Gobert was a highlight. Defensively, Paul had some very impressive blocks, on one occasion swatting the ball on a lay-in attempt basically before it even left Karl-Anthony Towns’ hand. Maybe his best play of the night didn’t actually count, an incredible one-handed putback slam that drew a reaction from the Minnesota crowd, but came after Tyrese Maxey had drawn the foul on the initial shot. All in all, tonight was a tremendous, high-energy Bball Paul outing.

Poll

Who is the Sixers’ Bell Ringer from Minnesota?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Tobias Harris
    (29 votes)
  • 23%
    Marcus Morris Sr.
    (48 votes)
  • 62%
    Paul Reed
    (129 votes)
206 votes total Vote Now

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