[SAEN]西索科在孟菲斯表现出色,不再被动

By Tom Orsborn, Sports reporter | San Antonio Express-News, 2024-04-10 11:33:17

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圣安东尼奥马刺队后卫西迪·西索科(25号)在周二,2024年4月9日一场NBA篮球比赛的第一节扣篮,对手为孟菲斯灰熊队,比赛地点为田纳西州孟菲斯。(美联社照片/布兰登·迪尔)

俄克拉荷马城——马刺队新秀前锋西迪·西索科在上周丹佛一场五分钟无得分表现中未能投进一球,随后他从几位队友那里得到了一些重要的建议。

“当他跳过上篮时,我告诉他:“我曾在发展联盟看过你扣篮。扣球吧。”后卫马拉基·布兰汉姆说。“只要保持自信。我(作为一名新秀)也曾经处于同样的位置,不知道如何影响比赛。”

西索科听取了布兰汉姆等人的反馈,在周二晚上以 102-87 战胜缺少人员的灰熊队中,以本赛季最佳的10分表现付诸实践。

“他说,‘好吧,当我有下一次机会时,我要扣篮。’”前锋朱利安·香槟说。

西索科对阵灰熊队 6 投 4 中,他所有的篮筐都是扣篮。

“我在丹佛时无人防守,但我传球了,”西索科说。“我绝对想扣篮。”

这位身高 6 英尺 6 英寸,体重 200 磅的法国人还以生涯最高的 21 分钟拿下了 3 个篮板(在进攻端拿下两个),一对助攻和一次抢断,他的上场时间等同于他在前四场比赛中的上场时间——其中两场可以追溯到 12 月。

作为马刺选秀班的后半部分,西索科是去年夏天的第二轮选秀,这个选秀班由特许经营基石人物维克托·文班亚马领衔,西索科在他新秀赛季的大部分时间都在发展联盟度过。

但由于伤病让德文·瓦塞尔和杰里米·索查恩在赛季剩余时间以及可能还有替补球员凯尔登·约翰逊和杰迪·奥斯曼缺阵,西索科在这些最后几场比赛中得到了一个机会,展示了他作为一个防守型球员的技能,他有 6 英尺 10 英寸的臂展和大能量的动力。

“他在球场上带来了新的东西,”文班亚马说。“他所拥有的能量,他所做的事情。他做到了我们能要求的一个出场时间不多的球员的所有事情。”

由于球队开局缓慢,马刺队教练格雷格·波波维奇要求西索科在对阵灰熊队的比赛中替补出场。他最终在尴尬的第一节后带领马刺队拿下 4 分,马刺队第一节落后多达 14 分,而灰熊队因伤病损失了 13 名球员。

“波波教练总是说要留下良好的第一印象。”西索科说。“展现能量,否则你就会坐在替补席上。”阅读更多:文班亚马对阵俄克拉荷马城雷霆队的情况不确定

在西索科的带领下,马刺队在过去八场比赛中拿下了第五场胜利,他们的战绩为 20 59,这意味着他们不会以俱乐部历史上最糟糕的战绩结束本赛季。1996-97 赛季的球队战绩为 20-62,因此马刺队需要在最后三场比赛中再取得至少一场胜利,以避免与那支球队并列成为特许经营历史最低。

他们第一次机会出现在周三晚上对阵雷霆队的比赛中。他们周五晚上在主场对阵卫冕 NBA 冠军掘金队,并在周日下午对阵联盟垫底球队底特律活塞队。

“老实说,在全明星赛后,我们的目标不是(获得)胜利场次,”香槟说。“这不是像,‘哦,我们必须尽可能多地获胜才能表现得好看’那样,因为 20-59 的战绩看起来仍然不好。我们的目标仅仅是作为一个整体变得更好。”

文班亚马得到 18 分和 7 次盖帽,香槟贡献 17 分,桑德罗·马穆克拉什维利在五场比赛中第二次取得了两双,得到 11 分和 16 个篮板,帮助马刺队终结了自 2020 年 12 月 23 日以来对阵孟菲斯的 13 连败。

但这一晚属于西索科,他上周刚满 20 岁。

“我真的很喜欢看西迪冲向进攻篮板。”波波维奇说。“他是一个非常好的运动员。在发展联盟打球对他有好处。”

在奥斯汀的 11 场比赛中,西索科场均得到场均得到 10.8 分、5.5 个篮板、3.2 次助攻、1.4 次抢断和 1.4 次盖帽。从一开始,他就接受了发展联盟的经验,知道他的许多队友也走过这条路。

“我不会抱怨任何事情,因为就像我之前说的,凯杰(约翰逊)也在发展联盟,”西索科说。“特雷(琼斯)在发展联盟,布雷克(韦斯利)也曾几次在发展联盟。所以,在那里专注于发展方面的工作总是好的。”

西索科表示,即使在奥斯汀,他也受益于观看了马刺队的每场比赛。

“我试着做同样的事情并在攻防两端都表现得积极主动,”他说。

看到西索科在孟菲斯比赛,西索科的队友们很高兴,正如文班亚马所说,“自信和自信”。

“他非常、非常有竞争力,非常有运动天赋,”马穆克拉什维利说。“他仍在努力弄清楚如何融入团队以及如何比赛,但他做的一件事就是努力比赛并确保他抓住每个篮板。……很期待他的未来。”

香槟说,“我为他感到非常自豪。我们所有人为他感到非常自豪。显然,这是他第一次和我们一起比赛的真正机会,他绝对展示了为什么他有资格。”

工作人员撰稿人杰夫·麦克唐纳对本故事做出了贡献。

原文如下:

No longer passive, Cissoko enjoyed a breakout outing in Memphis

[Image] San Antonio Spurs guard Sidy Cissoko (25) dunks against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Spurs rookie forward Sidy Cissoko received some important advice from a few teammates after failing to take a shot in a scoreless, five-minute performance last week in Denver.

"I told him when he passed up a layup, ‘I’ve seen you dunk in the G League. Dunk the ball,’ " guard Malaki Branham said. “Just got to keep him confident. I was in the same position (as a rookie) not knowing how I could affect the game.”

Cissoko listened to the feedback from Branham and others and turned it into action with an aggressive season-best 10-point outing in Tuesday night’s 102-87 win over the woefully undermanned Grizzlies in Memphis.

“He said, ‘All right, when I get another one I’m going to dunk everything,’ ” forward Julian Champagnie said.<p class=“MM_onlineOnly” title=“CCI Online Only”>SPURS NATION NEWSLETTER: The best Spurs coverage in Alamo City, delivered to your inbox

Cissoko went 4 of 6 against the Grizzlies, with all of his baskets coming on slams.

“I was wide open in Denver, but I passed the ball,” Cissoko said. “I definitely wanted to dunk.”

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Frenchman also finished with three rebounds (two on the offensive end), a pair of assists and a steal in a season-high 21 minutes, which equaled his playing time from his previous four appearances — two of which dated to December.

A second-round pick last summer as the other half of a Spurs draft class highlighted by franchise-cornerstone Victor Wembanyama, Cissoko has spent the bulk of his rookie season in the G League.

But with injuries shelving Devin Vassell and Jeremy Sochan for the rest of the season and possibly also key reserves Keldon Johnson and Cedi Osman, Cissoko is getting a chance in these final games to show off his skills as a defensive-minded player blessed with a 6-10 wing span and high-energy motor.

“He’s bringing something new on the court,” Wembanyama said. “The energy he has, the things he does. He does all the things we can ask for from a guy who doesn’t get a lot of minutes.”

With his team off to slow start, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called on Cissoko to come off the bench early against the Grizzlies. He wound up leading the Spurs with four points after an embarrassing first quarter that saw them fall behind by as many as 14 points against a wounded team with a whopping 13 players listed out with injuries.

“Coach Pop always says to show a good first impression,” Cissoko said. “Bring the energy or you’re going to stay on the bench.”

Sparked by Cissoko, the Spurs bagged their fifth win in their last eight games, leaving them with a 20-59 mark that guarantees they will not finish the season with the absolute worst record in club history. The 1996-97 club was 20-62, so they Spurs will need at least one more win in their final three games to prevent sharing the franchise low with that bunch.

Their first chance came Wednesday night against the Thunder. They finish the season at home against the defending NBA champion Nuggets on Friday night and league doormat Detroit on Sunday afternoon.

“Truly, after All-Star (break) our goal wasn’t (number of) wins,” Champagnie said. “It wasn’t like, ‘Oh we have to get as many wins as we can to make it look good,’ because 20-59 still does not look good. Our goal was just to become better as a unit.”

Wembanyama had 18 points and seven blocks, Champagnie contributed 17 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili registered an 11-point, 16-rebound performance for his second double-double in five outings as the Spurs snapped a 13-game losing streak against Memphis dating to Dec. 23, 2020.

But the night belonged to Cissoko, who turned 20 last week.

“I really enjoyed watching Sidy go to the offensive boards,” Popovich said. “He’s a heck of an athlete. Playing in the G League has been good for him.”

In 11 games for Austin, Sissoko averaged 10.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. From the start, he embraced the G League experience, knowing so many of his teammates also traveled that path.

“I wouldn’t complain about nothing because like I said before KJ (Johnson) was in the G League too,” Cissoko said. “Tre (Jones) was in the G League, Blake (Wesley) was in the G League a couple of times. So it is always good to be there working on some stuff development-wise.”

Cissoko said he has also benefited from watching every Spurs game, even while in Austin.

“I try to do the same things and be aggressive on both ends,” he said.

Cissoko’s teammates were thrilled to see him play in Memphis with, as Wembanyama termed it, “confidence and assertiveness.”

“He’s very, very competitive, very athletic,” Mamukelashvili said. “He’s still trying to figure out how to fit in and how to play, but one thing he does is play hard and make sure he goes for every rebound. …Very excited for his future.”

Said Champagnie, " I’m super proud of him. We’re all so proud of him. Obviously, this is his first real opportunity playing with us and he definitely showed why he belongs."

Staff writer Jeff McDonald contributed to this story.

By Tom Orsborn, Sports reporter, via San Antonio Express-News