Facundo Campazzo starred in a peculiar night in a new NBA day. Since its official premiere it was the game in which more minutes saw action, but the Denver Nuggets they lost again and started the season with just one win in four games. It was victory for Sacramento Kings by 125-115 at the Golden 1 Center.
Minutes before the start of the game, The loss of Jamal Murray, one of the stars of Denver, gave indications that the Argentine guard could have a greater presence on the field. So it was. When it was confirmed that the Canadian guard was still suffering from discomfort in his right elbow after the blow he suffered in the previous game against Houston, the hopes of the former Real Madrid to play more minutes grew.
Beyond the fact that the Nuggets lost one of their figures, Campazzo completed his best night in the NBA: He was on the court for 12 minutes and 35 seconds -the longest amount of time in the four team appearances- in which he contributed a point from the free line. His most outstanding contribution was in the assists: distributed five goal passes, in addition to stealing two balls and took a defensive rebound. His payroll was completed with three losses and the same number of personal fouls.
The Argentine guard’s game was marked by his presence in each of the game rooms. He entered each period and, when he had to jump onto the parquet, he did so in his natural position, that of team leader. This is how, at the end of the initial set, he starred in an action that carried his trademark: he entered the basket and found his German teammate Isaiah Hartenstein under the basket.
Campazzo remained on the court at the beginning of the second quarter and returned to lead the team in good form. In the first offensive for Denver he faked a three-point shot – he was erratic from that distance with a 0/3 and confused the opposing defense to find Barton in the corner, who did hit a triple. To finish his positive participation in the first half of the game against Sacramento, the Cordovan found a lost ball and, from his own field, took out a whip pass that left Barton at the rim again to score a double.
Already in the second half of the match, coach Malone just brought in Facundo with just over two minutes remaining for the end of the set. There he assisted Porter Jr. to score a triple that took the difference in favor of Denver to 10 (99-89), but the locals recovered at the end of the third period and narrowed the deficit. In the decisive quarter, Campazzo saw action in the first minutes until he left the court and did not enter again.
Sacramento recovered and won the last period 29-15 to get a new victory, the second against the Nuggets, whom they also beat in the opening duel for both franchises in the 2020-2021 season of the American league. Michael Porter Jr. was Denver’s top scorer with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while the Serbian Nikola Jokic He again added a triple-double: he had 26 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.
Campazzo’s next step in the NBA will be on the first day of 2021. On January 1, the final finalists from last season’s Western Conference will return to the court at home against Phoenix Suns. After visiting Minnesota on January 3 Timberwolves, which has former Argentine guard Pablo Prigioni as one of its technical assistants, Denver will receive them at their stadium two days later. That game will be broadcast to Latin America through DirecTV Sports.
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