Once again, Campazzo did not leave the bench

Once again, Campazzo did not leave the bench

Herbert Jones scored 25 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, and The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Denver Nuggets 113-105 this Friday, who suffered their third loss in a row, the second without Facundo Campazzo, who watched the last two games sitting on the bench by technical decision. In addition, it is worth remembering that in the last three games in which he participated, he barely added 21′. His last time was on February 1 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Brandon Ingram added 23 points and 12 assists. Jaxson Hayes had 22 points and 11 rebounds on a night the Pelicans shot 56% from the field to earn their second straight win. New Orleans beat Denver for the first time in three tries this season.

It did not reach Jokic’s good game against the Pelicans.

For its part, Nikola Jokic, the Denver star, returned after missing one game with a sore foot. He totaled 25 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, but was limited to ten shots and frustrated by constantly facing double-team.. Monte Morris had 19 points and Will Barton added 17 for the Nuggets, who lost their first game at home after going 4-2 on the road.

And what does Mike Malone say?

Although he did not specifically emphasize Facundo Campazzo, Denver coach Mike Malone acknowledged that he is thinking about the squad that is coming, in the short and long term. And he hinted that changes are coming. They will have to be now because, during the next week, the deadlines to make the modifications expire. “If we do something in the closing of transfers it will be so that it not only impacts the team now. The team now is not the same as the one we are going to have next season. I don’t know if Jamal and Michael (Murray and Porter Jr.) will be back this season or next, but I know that next season, with them healthy, we’ll be a completely different team. So every move we make, we’ll have that in mind.”

Jonas Valanciunas had Denver to mistreat.  (AP)

Jonas Valanciunas had Denver to mistreat. (AP)

Facu’s numbers

So far this season, Campazzo played 49 games, averaging six points per game, 20.8 minutes, 37.8% shooting from the field (30.9% on 3s), 80.3% free throws, 3.9 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1.2 turnovers and 0.4 blocks.

NBA standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1.- Chicago Bulls (33-19)
2.- Miami Heat (33-20)
3.- Cleveland Cavaliers (32-21)
4.- Milwaukee Bucks (32-21)
5.- Philadelphia 76ers (31-21)
6.- Brooklyn Nets (29-23)
7.- Toronto Raptors (28-23)
8.- Boston Celtics (29-25)

9.- Charlotte Hornets (28-25)
10.- Atlanta Hawks (25-27)
11.- Washington Wizards (24-27)
12.- New York Knicks (24-28)
13.- Indiana Pacers (19-35)
14.- Detroit Pistons (12-40)
​15.- Orlando Magic (12-41)

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1.- Phoenix Suns (41-10)
2.- Golden State Warriors (40-13)
3.- Memphis Grizzlies (36-18)
4.- Utah Jazz (32-21)
5.- Dallas Mavericks (30-23)
6.- Denver Nuggets (28-24)
7.- Minnesota Timberwolves (27-25)
8.- Los Angeles Clippers (27-27)

9.- Los Angeles Lakers (25-28)
10.- Portland Trail Blazers (21-32)
11.- New Orleans Pelicans (20-32)
12.- San Antonio Spurs (20-34)
13.- Sacramento Kings (19-35)
14.- Oklahoma City Thunder (17-34)
​15.- Houston Rockets (15-37).

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