Wembanyama Reflects on San Antonio’s Defeat
As usual, the French Spurs prodigy took stock of the situation with the press despite San Antonio’s eighth consecutive defeat against Memphis on Saturday.
A Disappointing Loss for the Spurs
Victory slipped away from the Spurs once again as they succumbed to Memphis (108-120) at the Frost Bank Center. This marks their eighth consecutive defeat. The team’s performance is concerning, especially considering the significant lead they had in the first period. Wembanyama commented, “The concern is the importance we give to respecting the game plan, the efforts we make to do so. Sometimes we all forget to make some of these efforts, and it pays for itself.” Despite his own performance of 19 points and 13 rebounds, he acknowledges the need for improvement in maintaining leads during the second half of matches.
Challenging Schedule Ahead
The road ahead doesn’t get any easier for Gregg Popovich’s players. They will face the LA Clippers twice at home before challenging Golden State and Denver on the road next week. Wembanyama expressed his thoughts on the upcoming matches, stating, “Maybe it’s unconscious… We didn’t want to relive that, I didn’t want to relive that. The question is how we will react: by complaining or by bringing good energy, fresh energy, when we return from the locker room.”
“Even before starting the season, getting drafted, I knew there would be challenges. The important thing is how you approach them.”
Maintaining Team Spirit
With a record of three victories and ten defeats, the Spurs currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference. However, Wembanyama assures that the team’s locker room remains united and supportive. He says, “We have a very healthy locker room and healthy relationships between us. When we lose, we lose together. If someone lowers their head, we’ll help them. When a player is down, we rush to pick him up.” Despite the challenging season, Wembanyama remains focused on learning and adapting to the NBA.
Impressive Defensive Performance
On a positive note, Wembanyama achieved a new personal best in blocks, recording eight against the Grizzlies. His presence in the paint proved to be a deterrent for Memphis players. Looking ahead, the Spurs will face the Clippers in their next game.
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