Italy Hold Their Breath For Gallinari

05 April 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

8. Danilo Gallinari (Italy)
Italian forward Danilo Gallinari will undergo an MRI scan on his left knee on Friday

Italy and the Denver Nuggets are facing a long, nervous wait on Friday as they are expecting the results of an MRI scan on Danilo Gallinari to come out.

The Italian international's left knee buckled inwards as he drove to the basket with 4:16 left in the second quarter of Denver's home game with the Dallas Mavericks in NBA action on Thursday night, which his team ended up winning 95-94.

Gallinari hopped to the sidelines with his hand holding his knee and was wheeled off the court seconds later.

The Nuggets will not comment on his situation until the MRI scan results are known, but some early reports in the USA suggest the charismatic forward might have torn his ACL.

"I can't deny it didn't look good," said Denver head coach George Karl.

"I usually look at the player's face and, he was scared; he obviously felt that he'd hurt something."

The incident came less than three weeks since Gallinari had confirmed to Italy head coach Simone Pianigiani and Italian Federation president Giovanni Petrucci that he would be available to play at the EuroBasket in September, in a meeting between the three men in Chicago.

Gallinari was the second-leading scorer of the Nuggets this season, averaging 16.3 points per game until Thursday.

He led Italy in scoring and rebounds in last summer's Qualification Round, averaging 15.1 points and 6.8 boards per contest.


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