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
What a hell of an effort by the Hospital Sixers in Boston Friday night. Without Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and Nicolas Batum, they gave the Celtics all they could handle before falling 125-119.
Patrick Beverley, Marcus Morris, Sr. and Paul Reed were inserted into the starting lineup. The unit that started this one came out with way more energy than what we saw Wednesday in New Orleans. The first half was far from a defensive clinic, but the Sixers went toe-to-toe with the Celtics, even taking a three-point lead into halftime. Beverley and De’Anthony Melton dropped 16 points each and the Sixers had five players in double figures by halftime.
While both offenses cooled down, the Celtics were able to get back in front, but again it was the Sixers with a late charge to take the lead back. A Jayson Tatum turnover and flagrant foul with seconds left in the third led to Tatum picking up a technical and getting ejected. That gave the Sixers three free points on Covington free throws and the Sixers a two-point lead heading to the final quarter.
The Sixers ran out of gas, Tobias Harris had a brutal run down the stretch and Boston pounced. It was former Sixers Al Horford and Jrue Holiday along with Payton Pritchard that helped put the game away in Boston.
It would’ve been a tremendous win. Alas. Let’s get to the Bell Ringer.
Patrick Beverley: 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals
So, the Sixers need a backup ball handler, eh? It sure looked like Pat Bev had something to say about that.
Leading the offense in Maxey’s stead, Beverley was brilliant. He went 10-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-5 from three. He also had seven assists, successfully quarterbacking the Sixers in the half court. Defenses have been treating Pat Bev as a non-shooter (which was fair considering he started the season 2-of-19 from deep) and he’s made them pay over the last three games by either firing away or using that extra space to create an advantage for his teammates.
Just when it seemed like the 35-year-old might’ve been losing a little steam, he pulled off this shot.
While nobody could’ve seen this night coming, Beverley had been showing signs of finding his footing offensively. Including tonight, he’s 9 of his last 17 from distance and has averaged 5.2 assists over his last four.
And with all that he’s still doing all the usual Pat Bev stuff — ball pressure, guarding multiple positions, rebounding, finding every loose ball. It also feels fitting for Pat Bev to have this type of performance against the Celtics. How poetic for such a quintessential Philly athlete.
Robert Covington: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 block
Roco was one of the post children for the Process. It’s only fitting that he would be at his best in a game like this.
In all seriousness, with each passing game it makes it difficult to see how Covington was buried in Ty Lue’s rotation out in L.A. Covington is still an off-ball maven and streaky shooter like he was during his first go around in Philly, but he’s proven to be a much more complete basketball player in his second act. He’s become a better off-ball mover and a much better finisher.
Boston was throwing the ball over the gym and Covington seized his opportunities to wreak havoc. This play was vintage Cov. He swipes the ball away after a Jaylen Brown blow away and then hits an above-the-break three in transition.
You don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself, but the way he acquitted himself against this Celtics team is super encouraging if the matchup comes around again in the postseason. Covington has looked like an essential rotational piece for the Sixers.
Mo Bamba: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block
Bamba gets love here for having easily his best run as a Sixer and for coming up with timely plays when the team needed it.
Nurse went to Bamba early in the loss to the Pelicans and it did not go well. In fairness to Bamba, he really hasn’t gotten any consistent minutes. He struggled throughout the preseason and Paul Reed (who was also good tonight) cemented himself as the clear best option behind Embiid.
But credit to Bamba, he was ready when his number was called Friday. His first half stint was solid, but he was legitimately impactful after halftime. When the Sixers appeared to be leaking oil a little bit in the third, Bamba knocked down a pair of pick-and-pop threes to keep them in the game.
He was also a monster on the offensive glass with five boards on that end, including a couple nice put-back dunks.
Reed will still get the majority of the minutes behind Embiid, but it was encouraging to see Bamba look effective, especially hitting a pair of threes. Bamba will get more chances, one way or another.
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