Facundo Campazzo transits his second season in the NBA. And beyond that he does not stand out for being a scoring star, with the passage of time he became a key piece for the Denver nuggets. In addition to that, he demonstrated all his ability as a passer of the ball and his defensive intensity, which allowed him to earn a name in the best basketball league on the planet.
This Tuesday night, his team achieved an important victory against the Golden State Warriors, the set with the best mark in the competition. For the first time so far this season, the Argentine base started and completed a good game for Colorado. Beyond his performance, and that he had to defend on several occasions Stephen Curry, Facu starred in a duel with Andre Iguodala that generated a pejorative comment from the two commentators of the TV broadcast of the Warriors.
With less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter, and the Nuggets had a 20-point lead (55-35), Campazzo tried a shot at the basket and missed. The No. 9 of Golden State stayed with the rebound and the Cordoba tried to steal the ball. Both got hooked on their arms and one of the referees fouled the point guard. Quickly, the number 7 of Denver reproached him for the decision and while that was happening, the rapporteurs took aim against the Argentine.
“What is the main sport in Argentina?”asked one of the journalists. “Soccer… That’s what I was thinking, he looks like a soccer player:“ How can you collect that! ”said the other commentator in tone of the usual complaints that soccer players have when a referee charges them a foul against. “Terrible”, was the last thing the story said while the TV played the final part of the replay of the play.
Despite the comment, Campazzo against the Warriors was very positive. This was remarked by coach Michael Malone in the post-match press conference when asked why the Argentine guard started. “Choosing Facu without Monte Morris was an easy decision; we needed him to defend Steph Curry like last season “, were the words that the coach used to highlight the work of the point guard, who already in the first action of the game had a hand in hand with the N ° 30 of the Warriors in which he stole the ball and generated a foul from the maximum triple in NBA history.
The Argentine finished playing almost 32 minutes and contributed 5 points (1-2 in free, 2-4 in doubles and 0-1 in triples), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a cover in his first tenure of the year due to the loss of the starting base. In addition to the duels he starred against historical Warriors, Campazzo defined the duel from the free throw line.
After losing a more than 20-point lead at halftime (60-36), thanks to Curry’s 3-pointers, Golden State moved within two points with just seconds to go. A Nikola Jokic cover against Jonathan Kuminga was key and, after that, Facundo took the loose ball and was fouled. He scored one of two and in the end, Iguodala himself missed the triple that would have sent the game into overtime.
Cross with Stephen Curry at 50 seconds and the point that defined the game: Campazzo started again and Denver beat Golden State
The save of “palomita” that showed the sacrifice of Facundo Campazzo in Denver’s victory against the Clippers