Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington called out Denver Nuggets point guard Facundo Campazzo on Twitter after an egregious flagrant 2 foul.
Sometimes, a flagrant 2 foul call just isn’t enough. At least, that’s how Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington seems to feel following a high-scoring 146-141 win over the Denver Nuggets on April 10.
It was Malik Monk and Austin Reaves who ultimately showed out for L.A., scoring 41 and 31 points respectively, but Ellington scored 18 points in the 30 minutes he played.
What could have been a win for the playoff-bound Nuggets certainly wasn’t helped by the fact that two of their players wildly threw out hands on one particular play. After Markus Howard catches a rebound and makes a shot, Howard shoves Wenyen Gabriel right in the back. Then, as Ellington strives for the rebound, Campazzo uses his elbow to shove him forward into the hardwood.
Even though Campazzo was thrown out of the game when a flagrant 2 foul was called on his elbow shove, Ellington wasn’t too thrilled about Campazzo’s move. “When I see you I’m putting my hands on you,” Ellington tweeted at Campazzo after the game.
Wayne Ellington calls out Facundo Campazzo on Twitter for flagrant foul
Although their loss to the Lakers didn’t affect their playoff standing, it is an embarrassing defeat nonetheless. The Lakers have been widely condemned and ridiculed for missing the playoffs this season, with Lakers coach Frank Vogel finally taking the hit as the season wrapped up. Vogel, who has coached the Lakers for three seasons, led the team to their most recent NBA Championship in 2020 with a 52-19 record.
With Los Angeles falling apart before the eyes of the NBA, young players like Monk and Reaves played it up in their final game of the season, combining for 72 points. And although it wouldn’t affect their No. 6 playoff seed, the Nuggets likely wouldn’t want to lose a close one to a 33-49 team.
Although next season’s schedule has yet to be released, it will be interesting to see what the first rematch between the Lakers and Nuggets will look like—and if Ellington will have his on-court revenge against Campazzo.