The San Antonio Spurs couldn’t build on that momentum from the close loss to the Dallas Mavericks and the big overtime win over the Houston Rockets.
Their trip to Los Angeles finished with a heartbreaking 40-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers wanted to make a statement from the tip-off, bouncing back from a tough loss of their own with unmatched intensity on the defensive end of the floor, getting six steals in the first quarter alone.
However, even though the loss was a brutal blow, Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama wanted to take a big-picture approach (via Paul Garcia).
Wemby on the Spurs using tonight's loss as a lesson in pounding the rock: pic.twitter.com/ODfIddwThR
— Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) October 30, 2023
When talking about the loss, Wembanyama talked about the Spurs’ motto of ‘pounding the rock,’ stating that they just need to keep up the hard work and push forward, as it’s just one loss.
Wembanyama believes it’s not about how tough things can get but about how much they can resist, and he believes the team will stay persistent and resilient through this slow start to the season.
The reigning No. 1 pick was one of just three Spurs in double figures in the loss, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 26 minutes.
Thus far, he’s been up and down, sometimes even in the same game, but that’s always expected from first-year players.
Wembanyama has shown glimpses of greatness, especially on the defensive end of the floor, but it’ll take a while before we see him at his best, and it may not even happen this season.NEXT: Warriors Star Makes A Clear Statement On Dillon Brooks' Antics