Everyone knows that when it comes to the NBA Playoffs, storylines evolve while heroes and villains emerge on both sides of the ball. There is no doubt that the hero of the Portland Trail Blazers is Damian Lillard. But what about the villains that appear in the playoffs? Alex Wong of Yahoo! Sports details the four types of villains that emerge in the postseason: the playoff nemesis, the role player, the annoying pest, and the super team. Wong contends that for the Denver Nuggets, Facundo Campazzo has stepped into the role of annoying pest.
This year’s candidate: I was tempted to nominate Dennis Schroder but he seems a bit too talented to fall into this category, but let the record show he will be highly irritating in these playoffs. The actual nomination goes to Facundo Campazzo. The Denver Nuggets guard has a very specific agenda on the court: to get under your skin in any way possible. Campazzo is facing the impossible task of slowing down the Blazers backcourt of Dame Lillard and CJ McCollum. In Denver’s Game 2 win, a little bit of acting allowed him to draw a flagrant foul on McCollum, who was incredulous at the call. This series might go the full seven games, so we’re going to hear from the Nuggets guard again before the first round ends.
We can’t disagree with Wong’s nomination — though we’d like it if we didn’t hear from him before the series ends.