Campazzo’s game in Denver’s defeat: he suffered against an NBA star and his few minutes generated the reaction of his fans

Campazzo suffered to defend Chris Paul in the NBA

It was not the expected start for the Denver Nuggets in the new NBA season. After reaching the Western Conference finals in the Orlando bubble, the team can’t find its way and he only won one of his first five games of the 2020-2021. In this context, Facundo Campazzo saw little action again in a new defeat for his team versus Phoenix Suns by 106-103 at the Ball Arena.

As has been happening since it had its official premiere on December 23, Campazzo’s role in Denver is yet to be defined. Except for the game against Sacramento in which the Nuggets were visitors and the Argentine played more than 12 minutes in the absence of Jamal Murray, one of the team’s figures, Facundo again had little presence on the court.

This time it was less than four minutes for Campazzo in the second period of the duel that Phoenix won and that had the point guard Chris Paul as the most important player in the game. And it was precisely against the 35-year-old veteran that the Argentine had to face each other in his brief performance. The former Real Madrid entered the field at one minute of the quarter and was in charge of defending the 10 times chosen for him Game of stars of the NBA.

Facundo Campazzo had to defend Chris Paul (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

In three offensive actions for the Suns, the Argentine suffered from the experienced player who won two Olympic gold medals. On his first crossing, Paul fouled Campazzo after driving to the basket and made both free throws. Then, in the next two attacks, number 3 Phoenix took advantage of his mid-range shot and scored another four points off Facu’s defense.

In this way, Campazzo ended the game with almost no statistical data: he added a personal foul in the 3.53 minutes that entered the parquet of the stadium of the Nuggets.

As had happened in the game against the Houston Rockets, when coach Michael Malone had him enter just 17 seconds to mark James Harden, the fans of the world runner-up point guard with the Argentine national team reacted on social media and again targeted the Denver coach for the low participation that has the Cordoba in the team.

Further, Campazzo’s supporters complained about the position in which Malone is making the former National League champion play with Peñarol de Mar del Plata. Faced with the presence of a large number of bases or players who can lead the team, Facundo is used in the Nuggets offenses in the guard position, a role that prevents him from having the ball in his hands and leading the team as he was used to. in Spain.

Statistically, Chris Paul was the most outstanding in Phoenix’s victory: he added 21 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds and was well accompanied by the other two figures of the team, DeAndre Ayton and Devin Booker, which both scored 22 points. The Suns won all the quarters except the third period, just in which they managed to take the maximum advantage in the game (87-71).

Paul scored six consecutive points for Campazzo (USA TODAY Sports)

Paul scored six consecutive points for Campazzo (USA TODAY Sports)

From the hand of Canadian Murray, Denver restless at the end of the game, but not enough to avoid the fourth loss in five games, which places the Nuggets in the last position of the West in the NBA. The guard was the top scorer of the duel with 31 points.

The season for Campazzo and company will continue this Sunday in the team’s visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves, which has the former Argentine base Paul prigioni as one of your technical assistants. Two days later, on January 5, Denver will host them at their stadium. That game will be broadcast to Latin America through DirecTV Sports.

On January 8, once again in the Ball Arena, Campazzo will face again against an old acquaintance, also former Real Madrid: Denver will receive the Dallas Mavericks from Slovenian Luka Doncic. Immediately afterwards, the Argentinean team will travel to the East coast to face the Philadelphia 76ers (January 9) and a day later, Facundo will step on one of the most famous stadiums in the world: he will play against New York Knicks in the mythical Madison Square Garden.


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