The San Antonio Spurs are on a four-game losing streak after falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-110 in an admirable effort on Friday night. Though this team has struggled in the early goings of their schedule, they made encouraging adjustments to their scheme and energy in their first-ever In-Season Tournament matchup. Let's look at the biggest winners and losers from their latest loss.
Winner: Victor Wembanyama
After a disappointing debut in Madison Square Garden earlier this week, Victor Wembanyama had a resounding bounce-back game against the Timberwolves. The teenage sensation finished the night with 29 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four blocks on 12-of-21 shooting from the field and almost led another comeback in only his ninth career game.
From clutch threes to hosting a personal block fest, the youngster was arguably the best player on the court Friday night. Struggles will happen throughout his rookie season, but the flashes of brilliance are sometimes blinding. The more the Spurs find Wemby in his spots, the better the offense will look. But for now, he continues to impress as he builds chemistry with his teammates. Even his French counterpart Rudy Gobert gave a glowing review.
Loser: Jeremy Sochan
The Spurs have held true to their effort to develop Jeremy Sochan into their potential long-term solution at point guard. But his latest lackluster performance only piled onto the frustration of this tumultuous experiment for San Antonio. Despite scoring 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, the Polish playmaker committed six turnovers while recording five assists. Three of his blunders were unforced errors, including two travel calls and a double-dribble.
Even on an off night, it is abundantly clear Sochan has immense upside. He thrived on the defensive end, coming up with three steals in the first quarter alone. However, his struggles arise as a passer. His reads have just been too slow. While the Spurs might not be looking to contend this season, the media will continue scrutinizing the coaching staff as long as Sochan stumbles. Will he start making strides? Or will he return to his proper position and thrive? Only time will tell.