The Denver Nuggets' magnificent run to the postseason appears to have taken a major hit, as starting forward Danilo Gallinari went down with an apparent knee injury during the second quarter of the Nuggets' game against the Dallas Mavericks.
UPDATE: Friday, June 14, at 8:06 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to Denver Post reporter Benjamin Hochman, Gallinari should be back sooner than expected next season:
Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari could return by December as opposed to February, a league source told The Denver Post.
Gallinari, who underwent knee surgery at the end of the season, had been projected by the Nuggets to miss half of the 2013-14 season. But Gallo posted a video on his official Facebook page Friday in Italian, and in the video Gallo said his left ACL wasn't torn and his recovery time will be "completely different" than previously reported, according to the Italian journalist Davide Chinellato.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 30, at 5:25 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Things just keep getting worse for Gallinari and the Nuggets, as ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that the talented swingman is going to hold off on having ACL surgery until he's recovered from the surgery he had on his meniscus earlier this month, meaning his rehab timeline has been extended considerably.
Gallinari will have to wait to recover from meniscus surgery before having ACL fixed in same knee, significantly pushing back recovery time— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 30, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, April 5 at 4:45 p.m. EDT by Eric Ball
At least there was no meniscus damage. Straight ACL can rehab in 7-9 months.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) April 5, 2013
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UPDATE: Friday, April 5, at 4:00 p.m EDT by Michael Cahill
Bad news for the Nuggets confirmed by the teams twitter account.
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UPDATE: Thursday, April 4 at 11:52 p.m. EDT by Eric Ball
While we won't know the full extent of Gallinari's injury until tomorrow, the long-term outlook does not look good, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Initial exam suggests likely torn ACL for Denver's Danilo Gallinari, source tells Y! "Ligament was loose," source says. MRI Friday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 5, 2013
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UPDATE: Thursday, April 4 at 10:45 p.m. EDT by Eric Ball
According to the Denver Nuggets' official Twitter feed, Gallinari's injury will keep him out of the rest of this game. More importantly, it has been confirmed as a knee injury.
The severity will be determined following an MRI on Friday.
More on this story as it develops.
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According to Vic Lombardi of Denver's CBS 4, the injury sustained by Gallinari appears to be severe.
Gallo clutching his left knee.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) April 5, 2013
It gets worse, as Gallo had trouble putting any pressure on his injured knee.
As one might expect, this caused the arena to break out into panic. Their concerns were not met with a happy ending, as Gallinari needed to be helped off of the floor. He was still screaming in pain as he was taken off the court in a wheelchair.
The extent of the injury is currently unclear, but it doesn't look good.
He can't put any pressure on that thing. Left knee. The Pepsi crowd gasped when they showed the replay. Stupid injuries.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) April 5, 2013
When taken off of the court, Gallo was attended to by the Nuggets medical staff and concerned teammates.
Gallo in pain.. This could be bad: twitter.com/nuggetsnews/st…— Benjamin Hochman (@nuggetsnews) April 5, 2013
This isn't the first time that Gallinari has experienced trouble with his legs, as he suffered a sprained left ankle earlier this season. In 2011, he sprained his left knee. Those previous injuries only heighten the concern surrounding the latest ailment.
This time the injury came without any contact.
For those interested in seeing how it transpired, a video is provided below. With that being said, please beware that this is not necessarily gruesome, but still an injury.
Gallo comes up limping around the nine-second mark.
This would be a devastating loss for the Nuggets should it turn out to be as severe as it appears, as Gallo is their second-leading scorer. Thus far, he's averaging 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 32.8 minutes per game.
Gallo missed at least 20 games in 2010-11 and 2011-12.