Sixers Bell Ringer Season Ranking:
Joël Embiid – 24 years old
Tobias Harris – 13 years old
Ben Simmons – 11
Shake Milton – 6
Tyrese Maxey – 3
Matisse Thybulle – 2
Danny Green – 2
Furkan Korkmaz – 2
Dakota Mathias – 1
Tony Bradley – 1
Lately the Sixers have been playing tanking teams and missing teams of players. On Wednesday night, they faced a team from the Houston Rockets while tanking and missing players. Houston only dressed eight players, which was effectively seven because DJ Augustin wasn’t really available. Then, when Kevin Porter Jr. sprained his ankle, the Rockets were down to six available. While Houston competed enough to keep this game from turning into a laugh, the Sixers maintained a comfortable lead throughout the night and were able to rest the starters for the fourth quarter. The Sixers claimed their sixth straight victory, 135-115, and the only disappointment of the night was that Washington missed a point to upset Milwaukee. Now for the bell ringing.
Joel Embiid: 34 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 on, 3 turnovers
It’s hardly surprising that Joel Embiid ate when a shorthanded Rockets team was forced to ask Kelly Olynyk to babysit him for 40 minutes. But it’s still impressive how dominant Joel can be. Take a look at this statistic:
Joel Embiid is the only NBA player since 1982-83 with at least 34 points and 12 rebounds in under 25 minutes in a game
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– Josh Schrager (@Schragz) May 6, 2021
The great man has always done it in a big way, while also getting a lot of rest in the midst of this incredibly condensed part of the calendar. Joel managed to make his way to a great post position time and time again, which often forced Houston to foul (14 of 16 on the foul line). On the rare occasions when things didn’t work out immediately, Embiid continued to fight below on his way to Sept offensive rebounds. He also had a terrific passing game himself, although the total assists don’t quite reflect that. At least twice, Joel gave an outstanding read to an open-for-3 teammate, who then missed the shot, but Embiid got the offensive rebound and recoil. Performances like this from Joel are how the Sixers can perfectly strike that balance between staying in first place and staying healthy.
Matisse Thybulle: 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks, 2 turnovers
If you don’t have an absolute ball watching Matisse Thybulle play defense 3-4 nights a week, we can’t be friends. The defensive dynamo continues to advance their All-Defense Team cause, recording six actions in just 20 minutes of action. The Sixers showing off a few zone looks with Matisse up front were catnip for us viewers keen on watching second-year wing-passing lanes. Armoni Brooks and Kelly Olynyk also must not have read the scout report on Thybulle’s penchant for blocking shots jumped from behind. What a particularly pleasant player Matisse has become in such a short time.
Shake Milton: 19 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers
Shake was the main leader of the Multi-Headed Bench Hydra tonight, hitting three 3s in seven attempts, as part of an 8-of-17 overall night from the field. Milton made the whole arsenal work: funky shots in the midrange, stepback 3, ambidextrous finishes at the basket. With George Hill and Tyrese Maxey taking on larger cast roles, Shake was free to focus more on creating for himself, and he created a great performance.
Tyrese Maxey: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 turnovers
Maxey started his night knocking down a pair of 3s, always a welcome sight for Sixers fans. He later ripped off one of his patented floats, this time with an angled twist. The rookie managed to push the paint in several times, creating easy buckets for Tobias Harris and Dwight Howard to basket. Doc Rivers handed the keys to the offense to Tyrese in the fourth quarter and the youngster drove him home without a scratch.
Who is the Bell Ringer in the win over Houston?
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