3 Winners and 3 Losers in Spurs inaugural In-Season Tournament Game

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Winner: Devin Vassell

After missing two games because of a nagging groin strain and playing on a minute restriction in his return to action on Wednesday night, Devin Vassell had an impressive performance, proving to be a versatile scoring threat. The fourth-year swingman finished with 29 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, including six three-pointers that helped keep San Antonio within striking distance.

As one of the most dangerous shooters on the team, Vassell has looked like a certified second option in a brand-new one-two punch of him and Wembanyama. From using his length in the passing lanes to showing off his sweet long-distance stroke, Vassell has made it obvious San Antonio needs him on the court. His presence afforded Victor additional space, and Minnesota had to respect his floor spacing. There is no question Vassell will be a vital part of this team's long-term success.

Loser: Keldon Johnson

One player who has struggled mightily in this young season is Keldon Johnson, as his defense has continued to be questionable. Karl Anthony-Towns was a challenging matchup, but he constantly attacked the fifth-year forward. He ultimately finished with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting when Johnson was his primary defender, and this continues to be a recurring issue for San Antonio as opposing teams target Keldon. 

Adding onto the woes is that Keldon is not hitting his open looks, shooting a below-average 31.7% of his 4.6 three-point attempts per game. This streaky marksmanship has not helped an inconsistent offense. His overall efficiency is also down from last season, as he has gone 44.1% from the field. If the Spurs want to win games, Johnson must find answers. Adjusting his spot in the rotation could help, and San Antonio should consider bringing the Mustang off the bench.