He who laughs last always laughs hardest. Jeremy Sochan and the Spurs undoubtedly had the last laugh after toppling the Devin Booker and Kevin Durant-led Phoenix Suns. Victor Wembanyama had a career night in just the fifth game of his inaugural season, leading his team to victory. The matchup was full of exciting sequences and dominant stretches for San Antonio, but one moment stood out by the final buzzer.
The Suns were feeling themselves after erasing a 27-point deficit behind a barrage from Devin Booker as time waned in the fourth quarter. And the All-NBA swingman thought he needed to let Sochan know about it despite a tight-lipped performance while being dominated by the early precision and vice-grip defense from the Spurs. To be fair to him, the trash talk did not come from nowhere, as there was apparently a tie-up between the Polish Prince and the Phoenix superstar.
The problem with poking the Polish Prince
Sochan is one of those never-say-die and never-back-down individuals. Most players use their offensive tools to explode when they feel challenged, but the former Baylor Bear has the defensive bag to make your life miserable. He is a physical, high-motor stopper with size, length, and a nasty streak. Sochan gave Booker a taste of the clamps last night, and he did not forget to mention their spat on social media following the game.
Phoenix will have to wait with bated breath until March 23rd for their shot at revenge. Bradley Beal should be back by then, and the Suns will likely look like a completely different team. With that said, Sochan has already made strides in learning a new position this season. He finished with 14 points and a career-high nine assists with one turnover while shooting over 50% from the field. So, who knows how much chemistry San Antonio will have for that rematch?
If the 6-foot-8 floor general can continue making strides toward quicker reads and delivering on-time passes to set up his teammates, the Spurs could have a cheat code at the point guard position. The influx of supersized facilitators across the NBA now find themselves looking up at a massive defender who wants to suffocate their previous advantage. He has colorful hair, and he is going to be in your face all game, every game. Have fun with that.