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Danilo Gallinari out for Hawks vs. Nets; Ankle Injury Diagnosed as Sprain

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IDecember 31, 2020

Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
John Bazemore/Associated Press

Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari suffered a right ankle sprain Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. 

The Hawks quickly ruled him out for the remainder of the night.   

Hawks PR @HawksPR

Danilo Gallinari- right ankle sprain. Won’t return to tonight’s game.

Gallinari played just three minutes with five points and one rebound before the injury forced him to leave the game. 

The Italian joined the Hawks this offseason via sign-and-trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

OKC received a conditional 2025 second-round pick, Gallinari got a three-year, $61.4 million contract, and the Hawks gained some much-needed depth up front to pair with Trae Young and Cam Reddish in the backcourt.

The 32-year-old is likely to see his minutes divided between John Collins, De'Andre Hunter and Solomon Hill, but he'll be tough to replace overall.

Gallinari averaged 18.7 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Thunder last season while starting 62 games. 

Along with the Orlando Magic, the Hawks (3-0) entered Wednesday as one of two teams without a loss this season.

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