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Facundo Campazzo, increasingly relegated in Denver

Facundo Campazzo, increasingly relegated in Denver

Facundo Campazzo continues to lose ground within the Denver Nuggets rotation. For the second consecutive game, the Argentine guard had a symbolic presence on the field and, what is worse, he seems to have lost the confidence of his coach, Michael Malone, who chose to involve other teammates before the former Real Madrid player.

Despite the absences of Nicola Jokic, suspended, and Michael Porter Jr, injured, Campazzo spent just seven minutes on the field in Denver’s 101–98 victory over the Indiana Pacers. In that passage, the Argentine only contributed one assist and received a cover in his only attempt at the basket.

Campazzo’s present is the most complicated since he arrived at the Colorado franchise last year and the outlook is increasingly less encouraging as his adaptation period was supposed to be over. In the game against Miami Heat he only entered a minute with the defined game and last night, although he played a little more, Malone’s use of the squad leaves the feeling that his minutes will be increasingly scarce.

In the first case, because the coach continues to trust rookie Bones Hyland, who has been a great performer at the start of the season, and Austin Rivers as the first alternatives to replace the starters. In the first matches, the Argentine was one of the first options for change, but his irregularity in the outside shot and the poor performance of the entire second unit of the team caused those variants that harm the Argentine.

And against the Pacers, that trend deepened. In the first replacement, Campazzo was the last of the substitutes to enter, with 2m23 remaining to the end of the first quarter. And after completing seven very unproductive minutes, in which he commanded very few attacks and in which his team squandered an eight-point lead, which was reduced to only two in that passage, he no longer returned to the track all night. . On the contrary, in the second set of changes in the third quarter, his place in the rotation was taken by the young Markus Howard, who had not played a minute this season.

The only positive for Campazzo’s future is that Howard also did not perform well in his five minutes on the field, with a missed 3-pointer and an offensive foul loss his only contributions to the game. It will be necessary to see if Malone restores the confidence to the Argentine in the next parties or continues looking for alternatives in the bank. The Nuggets’ next engagement is Friday at home against the Atlanta Hawks starting at 11pm, with Jokic returning after serving a suspension date for Monday’s altercation with Marcus Morris.

Deck, with little activity

Nor is Gabriel Deck going through a good present, with little chance in Oklahoma. The Santiago forward played two and a half minutes in the Thunder’s 108-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. In that passage, the Argentine captured a rebound, in his only productive action of the game. Oklahoma will play its next game on Friday against the Sacramento Kings.

Meanwhile, Leandro Bolmaro had no action in the loss of the Minnesota Timberwolves, which fell 123-110 to the Golden State Warriors. The Wolves’ next game will be Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers.


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