Facundo Campazzo’s Denver Nuggets were widely outscored this Saturday by the Portland Trail Blazers 115-95 and the Western Conference Playoff quarterfinal series was tied in two wins for each side. The next appointment will be in Denver, on Tuesday from 22 (Argentine time).
Campazzo and company arrived on the rise after two consecutive wins and with the possibility of taking a considerable distance in the series to the best of seven games and, thus, define the next home. But they ran into a homeowner cast that bent them in intensity and, above all, effectiveness. Denver finished the game with 34 percent shooting from the field and 29.5 on triples. (against 50 and 36.4 percent, respectively, of Portland).
There was no one who could escape the offensive drought of the Nuggets. Even Serbian crack Nikola Jokic, who had averaged 36 points in these Playoffs, finished the game with 16 points (6/14 in doubles, 1/4 in triples and 1/2 in free), nine rebounds and one assist. Other alarming performance was that of Michael Porter, with only three points and three shots taken, which raised concerns if he was handicapped by injury.
In that sense, coach Michael Malone did not keep anything in his post-defeat statements: “Our headlines were horrible. I think some players showed fear, they were soft. I hope this is a wake-up call, we have to play a lot harder than this. “
For his part and in the face of so much malaria, Campazzo’s thing was a bit more dignified: the Cordovan shot for 1/3 in doubles, 2/7 in triples and 4/5 in free practice to finish with 12 points (second highest scorer of his with Monte Morris), seven assists and two steals, no losses. So far as series, the Argentine averages 10.8 points, 4 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.3 steals in 30.2 minutes.
The great figure of the match was forward Norman Powell, one of those who whistles softly in Portland before the stardom of Damian Lillard (10 points, with 1/10 shooting from the field, and 10 assists). Powell finished the game as the leading scorer with 29 points (7/11 in doubles, 4/4 in triples and 3/3 in free), taking advantage in several passages of the pairing with the Cordoba, who surpassed him at the time of the melee in his penetrations to the rim (1.91 meters and 98 kilos vs. 1.78 and 88 of the Argentine).
In the meantime, In another game of the day, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Miami Heat 120-103, nothing less than the last runner-up in the NBA, and closed the series with a resounding 4-0. Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo excelled with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists.