The San Antonio Spurs opened up the 2022-23 season on October 19th at the AT&T Center versus the Charlotte Hornets, and it's safe to say it was a forgettable outing for the team in Silver and Black.
The Spurs were crushed 129-102 by the Hornets in the first game of their 50th-anniversary season. All night long, San Antonio looked like a team that was trying to figure things out after trading away their best player in the offseason. Since that night, the Spurs have shown that they can outplay even the best teams in the league.
Of course, there were some bright spots. Jeremy Sochan became the youngest rookie starter in Spurs franchise history while showing off some of his unique skills. And the longest-tenured player on the roster, Keldon Johnson, had a solid night.
But in large part, the game was a disappointing outing that revealed several of San Antonio's glaring flaws. This was already a team with low expectations, but a result like we witnessed on Wednesday only served to accelerate concern for existing issues. Let's look at three of the biggest overreactions from the Spurs' opening night loss, and how the team has proved them wrong as the season unfolds.
1. No three-point shooting
It doesn't take a basketball mastermind to see that the Spurs massively underperformed in shooting the three-ball against the Hornets in their debut. San Antonio shot 7-for-34 from beyond the arc for a dismal 20.6% as a team.
Only four players made a three-pointer, and just four threes dropped for Spurs players not named Keldon Johnson. Normally solid shooters like Devin Vassell and Josh Primo went a combined 0-for-11 from behind the arc.
This game was clearly an outlier. This season, the Spurs are in both the top ten for attempts from deep, as well as three-point percentage. Keldon Johnson is sixth in the league in makes, and Devin Vassell is shooting 45.2% from behind the arc.
After a slow start from deep, the Spurs have tunred it around and are one of the best shooting teams in the entire league.