Unleashing Wembanyama’s Inner Beast: Unfolding his Aggressive Side in Second Game

Wembanyama’s aggression was unparalleled by any player in the second game of this season. The game began with a clear determination to dominate and assert himself. The aggressiveness of his play was apparent on both ends, as he relentlessly challenged every shot and attacked the rim aggressively when he played on offense.

Wembanyama’s offensive power was unmatched. He used his athleticism and size to dominate defenders at the rim and finish with thunderous dunks. The aggressiveness of his mentality led to a dramatic increase in the number of points he scored, and he did so effortlessly. Moreover, his aggressiveness on the offensive glass enabled him to secure numerous second-chance chances for his team. This contributed further to their overall success. Wembanyama was equally aggressive on defense. He consistently challenged every shot. He blocked multiple attempts and altered countless other. The defensive wall he created with his ability to intimidate opposing teams by blocking shots was extremely difficult to breach. Wembanyama was instrumental to his team’s win in the second match, with his aggressive presence at both ends.

LAS VEGAS Victor Wembanyama yelled in celebration, punched the air and even got a Band Aid on his cheek due to some physicality.

Wembanyama’s second performance in Las Vegas was a firework display.

In his second game of Summer League on Sunday (Monday in Manila), the No. The No. The Spurs fell 85-80 against the Portland Trail Blazers despite his 27 points and 12 boards.

San Antonio's Victor Wembanyama dunks over Portland's Justin Minaya during the first half of an NBA Summer League basketball game, Sunday, July 9, 2023, in Las Vegas. PHOTO BY JOHN LOCHER/AP

San Antonio’s Victor Wembanyama dunked over Portland’s Justin Minaya, during the first-half of an NBA Summer League Basketball game, Sunday July 9, 2023 in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER/AP PHOTO

“I was just getting going,” Wembanyama said.

He scored nine points on 14 attempts from the floor. He also made seven of twelve shots at the foul line. Three of his shots were blocked. The Spurs came back from a 19-point hole to only one point, but never gained the lead.

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“I wish we would have won the game,” Wembanyama said. “I think I could have done more…. Have to keep learning.”

There also were moments that reminded everyone that he’s still an NBA work in progress — he airballed his third 3-pointer in two games, got moved off his spot a couple of times on rebound opportunities — but it was clearly a more Wemby-like game than was the case in his debut on Friday night.

San Antonio beat Charlotte in the opening game of the Vegas NBA. He shot only 2 for 13. In Game 2, he was much better. He missed his very first shot. Then he missed a couple of free throws. Finally, he connected on an 18 foot jumper to score his first points.

“It’s normal to get better every game,” Wembanyama said.

There were also highlights. He was able to alley-oop the ball with his left, tipping a rebound in front of him. This allowed him to score a dunk on Portland’s Jabari. After blocking a shot, he ran down the court and was rewarded by Julian Champagnie with a pass. He then dunked over Justin Minaya of the Blazers.

He also went for contact during the third quarter. After missing from low down, he crossed the lane and grabbed his own miss. Then, while getting fouled, he scored with his left, earning more yells.

Sunday was still a sellout at Summer League — all three days have been sold out so far, a first for Vegas and clearly part of the Wemby effect — but the scene for Wembanyama’s game wasn’t as over-the-top as it was for Friday’s debut. The Thomas and Mack Center lower bowl was packed; the upper one had a few empty rows near the top, as opposed to Friday’s (Saturday night in Manila).

“I think the best show for the fans is to win,” Wembanyama said.

Gregg Popovich sat in the crowd for his second consecutive game, as he announced Saturday that he had signed a five-year contract to stay with the Spurs and remain the team’s coach and President. Jerry West was again in the stands, as he had been on Friday.