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Report: Nuggets Gallinari has ACL tear, done for season

Apr 5, 2013, 8:39 AM EDT

This is just terrible news — Danilo Gallinari‘s knee injury suffered Thursday night appears to be a torn ACL that will end the season for Denver’s second leading scorer. It will take a Friday MRI to confirm but things are not good, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

“The doctor indicated that the ligament was loose,” one source told Yahoo! Sports. “They expect that it’s a torn ACL.”

That would sideline him not only this playoffs but for likely at least half of next season (depends on the severity of the tear).

Gallinari averages 16.2 points a game and is a big part of how Denver runs and spaces the floor (he is shooting 41 percent from three). He plays the four and his ability to pull bigs out to the arc to defend him opens up a lot of driving lanes. Wilson Chandler and Corey Brewer will get the call to fill in those points in Gallo’s absence — and they can, although not as consistently. This also could open up some minutes for rookie Evan Fournier, who has played better of late.

The Gallinari injury combined with Ty Lawson being out with a torn plantar facia in his heel make the Nuggets much more vulnerable in the playoffs. Lawson is the guy that drives that high powered Nugget offense and while he could be back for the postseason if he is not 100 percent neither is Denver. When a team’s two leading scorers are out they just are not as dangerous. And this rash of injuries could not have come at a worse time for a Nuggets team that looked like a real playoff threat.

  1. sbraman6 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    he stinks.

  2. saint1997 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Wooow that’s heavy. I’m sick of these injuries ruining the game!! I’m sure Denver has the depth to cover

    • spthegr8 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      You could tell immediately, that it wasn’t good. Tuff break for the Nuggetts cuz they have been BALLIN!!! Galo is one of the ONLY guys they have that can stretch the floor for them in a half court set!! & in the playoffs, when the game slows down. They are gna miss his shooting!!

      • saint1997 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        Yeh i was saying how they have the depth in terms of shooting but you’re so right, because they just don’t have any depth in terms of late shot clock creation. Perhaps should’ve made a run at Danny G (if they knew Danilo G was gonna go down)

  3. kingbeason52 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    That sucks..he was having a great year..underrated player on a good team..I remember when Knicks fans were booing him when they picked him in the first round..He turned out alright..hate to see his season end when Denver is having such a good season..maybe overrated Iguodala will finally step his game up

  4. bifford - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Bad deal for Gallo and the Nuggets. Some teams just can’t catch a break.

  5. mungman69 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Denver needed all of it’s horses. They are in deep hole.

  6. whitdog23 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    what? no reference to AP? miss half a season? you boneheads predict 3 week recoveries from torn meniscus…why would he need half a season?

  7. dedalus13 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    ouch that looked painful. I always feel chills when I see these kind of injuries where a limb twists… brrrr. Hope he will recover all right and come back next season and play at a the good level he displayed this year.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Really tough break for him and the Nuggets.

  9. jimeejohnson - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Love Denver and its teams. But it was very amusing to read all the comments by Denver fans saying they got the better end of the Carmelo Anthony trade. At least they got the better end of the Tim Tebow thing.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Denver fans believe they got the better end of the Nuggets trade because the feeling was that Denver would become the Cavaliers and be terrible for years following the departure of their superstar.

      However that didn’t happen.

      The Nuggets are a better “team” without Melo. No player in that deal is 50% the player Melo is but Melo doesn’t make anyone around him better. He gets his and thats it. He scored 90 points in two games with a measly 5 assists.

      Winning heals all wounds and in case you didn’t notice, the Nuggets have won a lot since Melo left. Especially this year, winning more games then Melo’s Knicks in a conference that is much better then the East.

    • broncobeta - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      That’s because they did.

  10. losanginsight - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Need to be healthy and clicking at the end of a full season. No * Rings here.
    Go LAkeshow

  11. dysraw1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    wow big lost Galo is needed for this team to be successful come the second season, players like C.Brewer and Iggy are really gonna have to raise their game up.

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