Passed through on Friday for his big first in the Spurs jersey, Victor Wembanyama was much more prominent on Sunday against Portland.
All it took was a sluggish first Friday for his first outing with San Antonio for Victor Wembanyama to come under severe criticism. A response was therefore expected on Sunday for his second game with the Spurs. And the former Parisian responded. In lack of success against Charlotte two days earlier, the Frenchman had regained all his verve.
If the first quarter was once again complicated, the native of Yvelines raised the cursor in the second act, joining the locker room with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks thanks to a good sequence of five minutes during which the interior tricolor was going to chain a mid-range shot out of the dribble between the legs, two dunks and cause the faults.
The machine was launched and Victor Wembanyama could continue his undermining work after the break. In the end, the number one in the draft finished with a nice copy, compiling 27 points at 9 of 14, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in 27 minutes. However, it would have taken more to allow San Antonio to win. Weighed down by their catastrophic start to the match – with only 8 points scored – and the clumsiness of Malaki Branham, author of a terrible 1 out of 17 on shots, the Spurs lost 85-80.
Note that Victor Wembanyama was not the only Frenchman to stand out. In his wake, Sidy Cissoko has indeed made 8 points at 3 of 3 on shots, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 22 minutes. On the Blazers side, Rayan Rupert was less successful with 6 points to 2 of 6 on shots in 12 minutes.
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