Sixers Bell Ringer: A late-game comeback not enough for the Wolves to lose

SixExpress Bell Ranger regular season standings:

Joel Embiid – 6
James Harden – 4
Therese Maxi – 3
Tobias Harris – 1
George Niang – 1

With the number of injuries they’re facing, the Philadelphia 76ers are about to take open calls to help fill the roster. Playing back-to-back against a well-rested Minnesota Timberwolves and missing three starters, it was no surprise that the Sixers gave up a 13-1 and 16-2 halftime lead and trailed by 20 points. points.

Despite their massive tally, the Sixers didn’t wave the white flag, eventually coming back to cut the Wolves’ lead to just one point with less than 30 seconds remaining. De’Anthony Melton even had a chance to put Philadelphia ahead after a great steal, but his missed attempt went outside the glass. After Anthony Edwards hit two free throws, the Sixers failed to get a good look at the tie, with a heavily contested George Niang trailing to seal the defeat 112-109. However, we’ve seen players give their all tonight to fight back, so let’s get to the Bell Ranger.

Joel Embiid: 32 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 6 turnovers

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers

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Embiid didn’t have the mid-range jump factor like the night before, had some really bad turnarounds in travel and ill-advised passing variety, but still found ways to make his presence felt. After being slowed in the area drawn by Brook Lopez Friday night, Joel had no such trouble against the Wolves, being able to drive and draw errors close to the edge. Embiid finished 18 of 20 at the free throw line, producing the most reliable form of the Sixers offense while getting Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reed all in trouble. His status as a Bell Ringer candidate was solidified late in the game after his ankle appeared to be curled under the basket by Georges Niang. After lying on the floor in pain, Joel continued to stay in the game and a minute later, he was diving to the floor for a crucial steal in the backcourt and then hitting a three-pointer clutch. You cannot question this man’s desire to win.

Milton shook: 27 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 turnovers

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers

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Shake has only hit two three-pointers on the season going into tonight’s game. So the money was found to see him drop three of his five attempts tonight, as well as sink two difficult jumpers and some wonderfully slippery finishes around the bucket. Milton certainly struggles with pressure on the ball, as his six flashes show, but he was able to create his own offense a lot better than I could have expected. We’ve seen enough of Shake it up all the past couple of nights to point out the Sixers Just maybe Being able to walk in the water in the backcountry for a few weeks until the beginners are healthy.

DI Anthony Milton: 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Philadelphia 76ers

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Is it frustrating that Milton often runs into Luis Mendoza while driving to the hoop before he learns how to park on the ice? yes. Was Milton a big reason the Sixers had a chance at an unlikely comeback tonight? Yes too. It was Milton shooting a hot streak from behind the arc tonight, hitting a 5-of-9 from downtown, including a long single from the top of the corkscrew to make it a one-point game with 29 seconds left. He also caused utter chaos on the defensive end. During the Sixers’ fourth quarter comeback, Milton made perfect plays on consecutive possessions, first with a steal that dunked Shake Milton in transition, then blocking a Karl-Anthony Towns three-point attempt from behind. If De’Anthony had turned the go-ahead bucket after stealing on Anthony Edwards in the dying seconds, he would have made a one-day legend. Alas.

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