Denver Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari will miss the rest of the season including the play-offs after tearing the ACL in his left knee.
The injury occured in Denver‘s 96-95 win against Dallas on Thursday and the news comes as a big blow to their post-season preparations.
The Italian forward had started every one of his 71 matches this season, averaging a creditable 16.2 points per game – which marks his best average in his 7 year NBA career.
Gallinari totalled 1, 149 points in all, just two points behind Denver‘s leading scorer Ty Lawson, and the 24 year-old has had 20+ points in a game on twenty-two occasions this season including a career-high 39 point haul against the Mavericks in December.
Fellow starting forward, Kenneth Faried emphasised the depth of the Nuggets roster as they look to cope with the loss of a key member of their team.
“It was disappointing to see one of our team go down but the great thing about our team is that when guys go down, other guys step up,” Faried was speaking before the diagnostic of Gallinari’s injury.
Gallinari was an active contributor to the Nuggets‘ 15 game-win streak that was overshadowed by the Heat Streak through February and March.
Denver (54-20) have already booked their play-offs spot and have an outside chance of catching San Antonio and Oklahoma in the battle for the best record in the West.