Facundo Campazzo had fulfilled on December 23, 2020 a yearning for years when it premiered in the NBA. This Saturday he put another mark in his career, by debut in a playoffs of the best basketball league. But it will not necessarily keep a good memory of that first time: beyond a good personal performance from the Argentine, Denver Nuggets fell on their court for 123 to 109 against Portland Trail Blazers and lost home-field advantage in the best-of-seven series.

The Cordovan did his job well: in 31 minutes harvested 8 points almost no failures in shots (1 of 1 in doubles and 2 of 3 in triples), 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 robberies Y 1 lock, against 1 loss. Its most deficit point was the +/-, in which it registered -13, the worst of the team next to the star Nikola Jokic. In Facundo’s report, in addition to his classic tireless brand and fast hands, there were four luxury passes-goals and finally a high effectiveness in triples (66.6%), something that had been lacking lately.

Campazzo performance compact vs. Portland

Jokic was master of the game in the first quarter, when he seemed to be able to do whatever he set his mind to, devouring the Portland brand in the painted area with good movements and a good throwing hand. But the Serbian pivot was turned off in the last period, just when the maximum visiting figure was most on fire, Damian Lillard, an NBA star and a regular candidate for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the regular season of the tournament.

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Just Campazzo touched the mark to number 0, who shone with his long triples (5 of 12 in total) and accumulated 34 points Y 13 passes-goals. It seems a contradiction to say that the Argentine did a good job when his assigned rival was so productive, but it happened: the Denver point guard annoyed Lillard, took the odd ball from him, blocked a shot. The Portland star never had it easy when the Cordovan was in front.

“Ready for his first playoff game”

The game was excellent. Very intense, endowed with great plays and formidable shots, changing on the scoreboard. That was until early in the fourth quarter Denver dried up on offense. He came to threaten a comeback, but never managed to draw. And Blazers, with the rise of Jusuf Nurkic, dominant against Jokic in the closing, ended up opening a gap that came to be 15 points. Despite a break of several days, some Nuggets players seemed tired in the outcome, such as the Serb himself, who nonetheless racked up 34 points Y 15 rebounds, and Campazzo himself, who appeared annoyed by various charges of infringements.

The team led by Mike Malone was successfully held in the last month and fraction without several important pieces (Jamal Murray and Will Barton III, mainly), but this first commitment in the playoffs, which are much more intense than the regular round of the tournament , seemed to make you pay so much prior energy consumption. Even Denver appeared to have a lot more physical voltage at the start of Saturday’s game than at the end.

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You now have two days to recover. This Monday, at 23 in Buenos Aires, he will face the second chapter of a series that is 0-1 and that will then move to Portland. Winning that game is imperative so that the crossing does not become too uphill for Campazzo and company.

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