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Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari out with chip fracture in ankle

Feb 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver Reuters

This is a blow to a Nuggets team that has been one of the best offenses in the league

Denver’s leading scorer Danilo Gallinari has gone down with a chip fracture in his ankle from when he rolled it in the third quarter of Denver’s loss to the Rockets Monday night.

A chip fracture, also known as an avulsion fracture, is when fragments of bone chip off the main bone because the ligament or tendon dethatched and pulled them off during the injury. Yes, it hurts. Treatment time depends on the size of the chip and other factors, they will know more after an CT scan on Tuesday, reports the Denver Post.

However, this is going to be in the ballpark of three weeks or a month, which is pretty common with this kind of injury.

Gallinari is averaging 17 points a game and if anyone was going to represent the Nuggets at the All-Star game it likely would have been him. Now that appears out. Gallo also brings good ball movement in the offense and solid defense to the table in Denver.

Denver has prided itself on a balanced offense and guys like Al Harrington are going to have to step up, but Gallinari’s steady shot is hard to replace.

  1. ihatetoneydouglas - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I might not have agreed with giving up so much talent for Melo,but I was never convinced that Gallo would be an elite player.Plus he is not the most durable player.Mosgov is soft.Felton I liked.And Denver should have never signed Harrington.He sucks.

  2. ihatetoneydouglas - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    and Gallo is soft

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