Denver Nuggets star Danilo Gallinari injured his left knee late in the second quarter against the Mavericks Thursday and the team just announced some horrible news: he’s got a torn ACL and he’s out for the rest of the season. Gallinari has been a key piece in the Nuggets’ success this season, averaging 16.3 points per game, only 2nd on the team to Ty Lawson.
The Nuggets still beat the Mavericks on a last-second layup, and appear locked into the 3rd spot in the West, behind San Antonio and OKC, and ahead of the Clippers.
Denver’s Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points, including this acrobatic shot that could go down as the greatest shot of the year, and the Nuggets overcame a career-high 35-point performance by Samuel Dalembert, rallying past the Bucks 112-104 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory.
“Of course, we were shocked,” Lawson said. “You don’t see many players in the NBA get 35 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. I thought his first half was crazy. But that’s OK. We weathered the storm, but the second half, he just kept going.”
Dalembert finished 17 for 21 from the floor in surpassing his previous career high of 27 points on March 14, 2011, against Golden State while with Sacramento. Luc Mbah a Moute, Larry Sanders, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings added 12 points apiece for the Bucks, who led most of the way before being overtaken in the final period, when they were outscored 33-18.
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari left Thursday night’s 112-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks with a broken left thumb.
Gallinari was injured in the third quarter, and X-rays revealed the fracture to his non-shooting hand. He did not return to the game.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to be,” Gallinari said, according to the Denver Post. “It’s not going to be short. It’s a fracture. The doctor told me the fracture takes four weeks to heal. Hopefully I can put something on and play sooner than that.”
Gallinari missed 13 games with a severely sprained ankle suffered against Houston on Feb. 6. He returned to the lineup March 5 and had started to regain his rhythm. Gallinari leads the Nuggets in scoring at 15.6 points a game and is averaging 4.6 rebounds.