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Sixers Bell Ringer: Not much positive as Sixers thrashed by Pelicans

It was an ugly one in New Orleans as the Pelicans stomped the Philadelphia 76ers sans Joel Embiid 124-114 on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia 76ers v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Bell Ringer Season Totals:

Joel Embiid - 6

Tyrese Maxey - 5

Tobias Harris - 2

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 1

De’Anthony Melton - 1

Jaden Springer - 1

Paul Reed - 1

The Philadelphia 76ers were without Joel Embiid and without life as they were dismantled by the New Orleans Pelicans 124-114 (but it really wasn’t that close).

Embiid was a late scratch for this one due to illness and boy was he missed to an almost-frightening degree. Marcus Morris, Sr. started in his place. It didn’t go well, and it wasn’t long before the Sixers were down double-digits and Nick Nurse was subbing in Mo Bamba. That was also short-lived after Bamba picked up two quick fouls. In comes Paul Reed. And that was all in the a first period in which the Sixers gave up 39 points.

It was a long night. Philadelphia was down by 20 points at the break after 14 turnovers and 42.5 percent field goal shooting plagued their first half.

The Sixers shooting 6-for-10 from long range in the third even couldn’t save them as the Pelicans continued to dominate offensively. Philadelphia never really made a dent in New Orleans’ lead until a quick 11-0 run in the fourth cut the deficit to single digits briefly, but too little too late. The Pels went on to defeat the Sixers 124-114.

Let me be clear, this was a terrible night for the Sixers, but it was a great night for the Pelicans as well. Zion Williamson was 11-for-11 from the floor in his 33-point performance. The Pels had five players over 15 points. They took advantage of their opportunities and deserved the win as much as the Sixers deserved to lose.

Hopefully that’s the worst Sixers game we will see for awhile. Oh, and the Sixers’ next matchup is Friday night at the Boston Celtics. Phew.

Let’s get to the least-enthusiastic Bell Ringer possible. Not even going to pretend there were that many options tonight.

Tyrese Maxey: 33 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers

Philadelphia 76ers v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images

I mean, at least he stayed aggressive while the Sixers were struggling to get absolutely anything to fall early in this one. Maxey shot 14 of Philadelphia’s 40 attempts at the half to lead the team with 15 points (more than double what any other Sixer had). He had a number of highlight-worthy finishes in an otherwise abysmal game. Let’s look at one of those to cleanse the palate.

That was fun. Just don’t look at the score.

Truly, his finishing was impressive even in this one. There was a moment in the third that he actually lost his footing while charging to the net and still finished the lay-up with an and-one. It’s his ability to weave through defenses and avoid whoever he is trying to dodge on defense, his aggression and his never-say-die attitude that led to a team-leading 33-point performance in New Orleans. He also had one rebound, three assists and a steal.

(P.S. I know he had four turnovers and most of them early. Some of them were ugly, others just came from over-ambitious passing. He still was the least-bad on the floor in a Sixers uniform.)

Nick Nurse’s anger: 1 technical foul, 37 facial expressions, 12 rants at officials

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

At least it was entertaining to watch Nurse lose his mind at the officiating crew in this one. Don’t get me wrong, the Sixers deserved to be blown out like they were, but the officiating throughout was noticeably awful.

You can expect the Sixers to shoot less free throws with Embiid out... but just 17 compared to the Pelicans 34 attempts from the line? Of course that discrepancy by itself doesn’t necessarily point to an issue but there were countless questionable calls throughout this game where the complaints of fans at home were echoed by the players and coaching staff at the game — from both sides! But especially Nurse.

The game ending

Thank god for that, right? That’s two and a half hours of our lives we aren’t getting back. If you watched the whole thing, you’re entitled to an ice cream sundae! It’s not free. But you certainly deserve it.

The Sixers ended up with 21 turnovers. They had just two players with over 15 points. The defense, or lack thereof for most of the game, allowed Zion Williamson and the Pelicans to walk (and shoot) all over the Sixers.

We knew it had the potential to get ugly without Embiid, but this was just lifeless. The end couldn’t come soon enough. (No, I’m not counting that little run at the end as some redeeming moment.)

Poll

Who was the Sixers Bell Ringer in their loss to the New Orleans Pelicans?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Tyrese Maxey (okay, the real answer)
    (188 votes)
  • 27%
    Nick Nurse’s anger
    (116 votes)
  • 28%
    The game ending
    (120 votes)
424 votes total Vote Now

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