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Sixers Bell Ringer: Down three starters, Sixers give poor two-way effort in loss to Jazz

I hope you were otherwise occupied this weekend because we were not treated to masterful Sixers basketball the last two evenings.

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Bell Ringer Season Totals:
Joel Embiid - 15
Tyrese Maxey - 6
Tobias Harris - 4
De’Anthony Melton - 2
Paul Reed - 2
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 2
Patrick Beverley - 1
Jaden Springer - 1

Being down three starters was at least one too many for the Sixers, who fell to Utah, 120-109, to lose both ends of the home back-to-back. It was a poor showing on both ends of the court for Philadelphia, who had negative rim protection with Joel Embiid out, and only shot 7-of-38 (18.4 percent) from behind the arc offensively. The Jazz pulled away in the third quarter after a back-and-forth first half, and the Sixers couldn’t string together enough stops to consistently get it below double digits. Hopefully, this team will be healthier in a few days because this wasn’t especially fun basketball to watch. Let’s look at the few bright spots for Bell Ringer.

Kelly Oubre Jr.: 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 0 turnovers

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As has been the case at times this season when the Sixers are missing one of their primary weapons, Oubre is able to ramp his usage to good effect. While his outside shot wasn’t falling, K9 worked well as an off-ball cutter and attacking the basket. Watching him flush home a handful of two-handed slams, I just found it refreshing to have a Sixers wing who can both handle the ball and finish with ferocity above the rim. I also enjoy when Oubre hounds a defender into a turnover and then emphatically points the other way like he’s signaling a first down. Just a fun, fun player.

Tyrese Maxey: 25 points, 1 rebound, 9 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers

Utah Jazz v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Overall, it was a tough 9-of-24 shooting night for Maxey, who dealt with plenty of extra attention with Joel Embiid out. Kris Dunn did an excellent job defensively and the Jazz threw some box-and-one looks at Tyrese. Still, he hung in there and finally found some success in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 points in the final frame as he did his best to try to lead his team to a comeback effort. A couple terrific highlights and 25 and nine is the new bar for a down game for Maxey.

Pat Beverley: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 0 turnovers

Utah Jazz v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Beverley assumed a lot of ball-handling duties tonight with Maxey being hounded, and did an excellent job as a playmaker, as his 7:0 assist-to-turnover ratio would attest. He was able to cut into the teeth of the defense and sink some of his patented hook/floaters, dishing off when the next line of defense stepped up to cut off his attack. The Sixers may not have played well, but at least Pat Bev looked properly pissed off about it all.

Poll

Who was the Bell Ringer in the loss to Utah?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Kelly Oubre Jr.
    (187 votes)
  • 7%
    Tyrese Maxey
    (19 votes)
  • 16%
    Pat Beverley
    (41 votes)
247 votes total Vote Now

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