Spurs exhilarating finish highlights key component of Wembanyama's game

San Antonio loses a thrilling game to the Los Angeles Lakers, extending the losing streak to 18 games, but Wembanyama shows a skill Spurs can lean on in future.
Victor Wembanyama
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One could choose to focus on the Los Angeles Lakers extending the San Antonio Spurs losing streak to 18 games, but that is obvious. Operating under the assumption fans know how to count should be standard operating procedure. Instead, focus your attention on the little things in the margins because, if you look close enough, the Spurs are starting to come together, and Victor Wembanyama is showing observers why he is here to stay.

Of course, some things still need to be worked on. Keldon Johnson needs to assert himself earlier in the game to help avoid a 20-point deficit. Devin Vassell is still taking too many tough shots when he should be finding a way to the basket for easy points.

The defense is making noticeable strides, despite some lapses. Victor is leading the charge on that side of the floor as the second league leader in blocked shots. But what he has shown in the fourth quarter of games offensively lets fans know he's not afraid to stare into the sun without blinking.

Victor Wembanyama wants the moment in the 4th quarter

The French giant has planted his flag as a top-tier fourth-quarter performer. He currently ranks 27th in the league in total points scored in the final period of ball games, above Tyrese Haliburton and Zion Williamson. Last night, Wemby dropped 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter with a poise fans usually see in seasoned veterans.

When building superstardom, a career is defined by moments in big spots. There is no doubt that Wembanyama will find himself in many such situations throughout his tenure. It is refreshing to see that he does not shy away from the moment. He rushes towards it with his shoulder lowered, ready to bulldoze anyone in his way.