Victor Wembanyama and Spurs have lost their taste for victory. They suffered their 112th straight loss to Chicago (121-16), a record in franchise history, which they had already reached last year. For more than a month and a trip to Phoenix, the Texans have not won a game. Against the Bulls, they once again sank in the third quarter (20-35). The observation is always the same: Spurs do not manage to shine in the long term and especially not in the moments that matter. "This series means a lot to me, because everything is going well in my life, but these losses are the only downside," said the Frenchman after the match. It's hard but I've never felt any despondency. You have to be patient, there's no other choice. »
The worst team of last season (fewest wins, worst defense) didn't change in one fell swoop with the arrival of Victor Wembanyama, its No. 1 pick in the draft. However, the Frenchman is doing everything he can to keep her head above water. Positioned for the first time this season at the pivot position from the kick-off, he set a series of individual records. First of all, he beat his number of rebounds in a game (20), which added to his 21 points draw a very satisfactory statistical picture.
Records that "don't have much value"
At 19 years and 338 days, he became the youngest player to record at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a single game. Above all, he is the first player in NBA history to reach the 350-point, 50-assist, 50-block, 25-steal mark in his first 20 career games, perfectly illustrating the versatility of the player, capable of shining in all four corners of the court. "These records don't mean much to me if we don't win," he said. They just show that I've achieved something I can work on to improve. The only downside was his mid-range and three-point shooting (none against the Bulls).
Victor Wembanyama left it all on the floor for the Spurs!
🔥 21 PTS
💪 20 REB
🚫 4 BLK Wemby becomes the only player to record a 20-PT, 20-REB, 4-BLK
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After the game, sitting in the press room, Victor Wembanyama used the word "experiment" twice. That's the whole point of Spurs' season, who try a lot without really finding the solution. "We're making progress," he tries to be positive. "There were a lot of good things, but we've seen that a lot of times: a game lasts four quarters," said Gregg Popovich. " "We're improving, but we can't forget the basics, and tonight we forgot them by conceding too many offensive rebounds to the opposition," continued the Texan coach.
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Wembanyama's presence under the basket, despite his 20 rebounds, didn't change much: San Antonio was once again stepped on by an opponent within its reach. The Spurs have lost the taste of victory, and it is the bitter taste of defeat that will accompany them all weekend, until the next game, a trip to neighboring Houston on Monday. If they lose, they would set a new record for consecutive losses in franchise history.