Denver Nuggets forgettable night: Jokic was injured and a fact from Campazzo that worries

* Summary of Denver’s loss to Utah

It wasn’t a good night for Facundo Campazzo and the Denver nuggets, which after the surprise loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, lost again. This time it was before Utah Jazz, some of the contenders in the Western Conference: It was 122-110 for the locals.

In addition to this new fall, the second at the start of the NBA season, and which occurred on consecutive nights, alarms were raised in the Colorado franchise when Nikola Jokic did not return with the team to play the second half of the match after an involuntary collision with the Frenchman Rudy Gobert that caused a contusion to his right knee. Until that moment, the Serbian had stood up for Denver with 24 points (3/3 from 3-pointers), 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the 15 minutes he was on the court.

As happened with the rest of his companions, it was a low-key match for Campazzo. The Argentine base, who came from starring a tense crossover with the Spanish Ricky Rubio, re-entered as a substitute and was in charge of the second line-up of those led by Michael Malone. The Cordoba played more than 19 minutes in which converted 3 points -all from the free line-, but he only managed to shoot the hoop once, the fewest so far this season. If we compare it with what has happened so far, Facu tried three shots in the win against Phoenix and eight pitches against San Antonio. In the previous loss to the Cavaliers there were four attempts.

What’s more, took 2 rebounds, distributed an assist and achieved a steal with its already classic intensity at the time of the brand.

Campazzo in full pursuit of Clarkson (Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports)

Campazzo entered the final part of the opening quarter and had his best defensive action when He swatted the ball at Jordan Clarkson when he was about to hit a triple in the final seconds. Already in the second period was when he bet on the Denver offense: twice attacked the ring, which generated the opponent’s fouls that sent him to the free throw line.

After going down at the end of the first half (64-66), the Nuggets won the third quarter by one point to stay in the game. But in the final set the Jazz towers appeared, taking advantage of Jokic’s absence to finish sentencing the duel in favor of Utah. Rudy Gobert and Whiteside scored 18 of the 31 points for the hosts who thus achieved their third victory at the beginning of the regular season of the league.

Gobert himself was the top scorer in the winners with 23 points and 16 rebounds.. For his part, the other great star of Utah, Donovan Mitchell, contributed 22 points and 6 assists. Added to the 15 points that added so much Bojan bogdanovic and Mike conley, the Jazz bench was a key factor in the victory: the 42 points of the local substitutes against the 13 of the visit made the difference. In that scenario, the Best Sixth Man from last season, Jordan clarkson, who added 19 points in 24 minutes.

With a record of two victories and two defeats, the path for Denver will continue this Friday when, from 11pm (Argentine time), they host Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks. On Saturday, the Nuggets will fly to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves, in what It will be the first official confrontation between Campazzo and Leandro Bolmaro in the nascent 2021-2022 NBA season.

Campazzo scored 3 points in Denver's loss (Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports)
Campazzo scored 3 points in Denver’s loss (Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports)


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Denver Nuggets forgettable night: Jokic was injured and a fact from Campazzo that worries