Collins fiery postgame quote a great sign after huge upset win over Phoenix

The San Antonio Spurs pulled off a big upset win over the Phoenix Suns without Victor Wembanyama and Zach Collins provided insight into how they did it.

Jeremy Sochan
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In a thrilling upset victory against the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio showcased their unwavering determination and resilience, showing what Spurs basketball is all about. Despite the absence of Victor Wembanyama, the team rallied together to secure a hard-fought 104-102 win, wiping the taste of defeat out of their mouths following a 25-point blowout Saturday to the same team. The win concludes the season series between the clubs, 3-1.

Zach Collins' postgame remarks captured the team's mindset, emphasizing their refusal to accept defeat lightly. Collins' claim that the team took the previous blowout loss personally speaks volumes about the players' pride and grit. His confidence in their ability to replicate the same outcome, or even surpass it, with Wembanyama on the court reflects the unwavering belief within the Spurs' locker room.

The steps the Spurs have taken are leading to a bright future

This victory not only highlights the players' toughness but also underscores the coaching staff's ability to instill a winning mentality and combat complacency amidst a challenging season. Despite facing adversity, the team has shown marginal improvement over the course of the season, a testament to their dedication and commitment to continuous growth.

One player who exemplified this growth is Jeremy Sochan. Criticized by fans earlier in the season, Sochan's perseverance and hard work have paid off. Transitioning from the tough position of learning to play point guard back to his original role as a forward, Sochan regained his confidence and has repeatedly shown his value on the court. His relentless effort to improve his jump shot was evident, culminating in a clutch three-pointer for the go-ahead bucket to seal the victory against the Suns.

Sochan's stellar performance of 26 points, 18 rebounds, one steal, one assist, and one block, while shouldering the responsibility of defending Kevin Durant, showcased his versatility and impact on both ends of the floor. At just 20 years old, Sochan's potential for growth and development is immense, solidifying his role as a key pillar in the resurgence of the Spurs dynasty.

As the Spurs continue their journey of rebuilding and redefining their identity, victories like these serve as a testament to the team's spirit. With players like Sochan leading the charge next to Victor Wembanyama and Devin Vassell, the future looks bright for the San Antonio Spurs.