The San Antonio Spurs dropped their fifth consecutive game on Saturday night, falling to the Phoenix Suns in a well-fought contest that witnessed them erase a 13-point second-half deficit to force overtime. Though they ultimately lost by double figures, their effort was commendable.
Keldon Johnson and Jeremy Sochan were fantastic. The latter recorded a career-high 30 points, eight boards, and five assists, as the former scored 34 points. The Silver and Black got a glance into the potentially promising future of their frontcourt, and that was a victory in and of itself.
Keldon Johnson usually relies on his muscular frame and physicality to get to the rim, but he showed off his touch with this off-balance floater from outside the paint.
make way for KJ pic.twitter.com/Ly99V18Za8— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
Though the fourth-year small forward nearly lost the ball on this dribble combination, he kept his composure and nailed a difficult stepback three with the clock ticking down.
KELDON FOR THREEEE pic.twitter.com/5XabZbKjUm— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
Doug McDermott isn’t known for his defensive prowess, but he pulled off a perfectly timed dig to strip Damion Lee before delivering a pinpoint shovel pass to Jeremy Sochan.
Doug steal ➡️ @JeremySochan finish pic.twitter.com/va0UMynBzW— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
Zach Collins also connected with Sochan, corralling an offensive rebound among a sea of purple jerseys and hitting the rookie in full stride for a massive two-handed slam.
JEREMY. SOCHAN. pic.twitter.com/79kPNW0r4O— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
Jakob Poeltl got in on the rim-rocking action, effortlessly flowing from a pick-and-roll screener into a second-chance opportunist as he put back a misfired layup from Sochan.
okay Jak!!! pic.twitter.com/H93mgOG8Cf— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
Sochan recorded the highlight of the game in the third quarter, attacking baseline and contorting in the air for a finish that looked strikingly similar to the infamous Dr. J scoop.
.@JeremySochan gettin' us started in the second half pic.twitter.com/XfPxUXjuY2— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
The 19-year-old forward continued showing off his diverse array of skills, connecting with fellow rookie Malaki Branham on a backdoor cut that left the Suns turned around.
perfect pass, perfect finish @JeremySochan ➡️ @MalakiBranham pic.twitter.com/zbQxbb4bjt— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
The Jerm (do we like this nickname?) was in another galaxy in the second half, scoring 14 points in the third quarter, including this straightaway catch-and-shoot three-pointer.
Jeremy is balling out rn pic.twitter.com/4FKtOSVFZO— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
Despite struggling to get much going for most of the contest, Tre Jones came up with a momentous steal that helped keep San Antonio within striking distance in the final frame.
.@Tre3Jones will take that pic.twitter.com/Se90qQq4s7— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
How about this sequence from the Spurs that made it a one-possession game? These are the plays that should make fans optimistic for the future of basketball in the 2-1-0.
THE BLOCK. THE BUCKET. THE CHAOS pic.twitter.com/kMV5kdUFs1— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2023
Here are Sochan’s career-best game highlights.
And as always, here are the full game highlights.