The NBA playoffs are approaching, but since Denver is already classified and can only hope to be third or fourth in the West, coach Michael Malone distributes minutes and even the pressure is not the same. It can be enjoyed indoors and outdoors, even with some extra talk.
This happened before and we imagine that after the game that Denver beat Minnesota 112-103 to follow 4th at 46-24, with a game below LA Clippers, a franchise that an hour earlier dispatched Charlotte 113-90 to remain 3rd at 47-23. Both teams have two games left to play, with favorable forecasts (The Nuggets visit Detroit – last in the East – and Portland – probable playoff rival, 5th in the West -; the Angelenos, Houston and Oklahoma, the worst in their conference).
Wanchope Abila’s celebration after his first goal in MLS (Minnesota United Press).
Before the game, like every time they crossed paths this season, Facundo Campazzo, Denver point guard, and Pablo Prigioni, assistant coach of the Timberwolves, chatted in the preview. In addition, there was a third Cordoba on the court, happy to have gone to the game, Ramón Wanchope Abila, Minnesota United player, who on Wednesday scored his first MLS goal in a 1-0 victory against Vancouver.
In the warm-up, while Campazzo was playing a competition with his partner Vlatko Cancar, the former Boca filmed him from a comfortable position (in the low tribune) and uploaded a story to his Instagram. “What a crack you are @FacuCampazzo,” he wrote.
Wanchope will have enjoyed a good first quarter from his co-province, who in the first 6m37 he was on the court had three assists and even a double in the paint (the world upside down: defined under the rim after an assist from Jokic, the pivot), where Denver dominated. Sure, he had come in with two bases (Rivers, the other) and three insiders (Gordon and McGee plus the Serb). In the end, Facu finished with 6 points (2-5 doubles, 0-3 triples, 2-2 free), 3 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 losses in 33 minutes.
Facundo Campazzo and Pablo Prigioni.
What had happened to other players? Michael Porter, one of the figures, had a break; Monte Morris, a point guard who had returned after an injury, was stopped from playing two games in a row. Thus, Campazzo continues to play as a starter and has important responsibilities in the team.
While Denver never strayed too far against Prigioni’s team, Nor was his triumph in jeopardy, especially because Jokic, despite suffering pain in his foot, played and took over both keys (top scorer of the match with 31). Although in the third Malone sent the second unit (actually, with all the injuries there are, it would be the third almost) and the Wolves got a 10-2 finish to go to the short break 89-92.
In the room Campazzo returned to reinforce the substitute team, and Denver got good differences with the triples of the Slovenian Cancar and Howard. Also Jokic entered to close the game with his dominance, which is leading him to be considered the MVP of the regular phase.