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Gallinari (ankle chip fracture) out 1 month

Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:03 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 4:48 pm
Danilo Gallinari suffered a chip fracture in his left ankle Monday. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver 

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari suffered an ankle injury in the first half against the Houston Rockets. An X-ray taken at the arena confirmed a chip fracture of his left ankle

An MRI conducted on Tuesday determined that the chip will sideline Gallinari for "at least a month," according to the Denver Post. The Nuggets released this statement.

CT and MRI today determined that the chip fracture was from a prior injury probably before professional career began. He will remain in a walking boot for 3 to 5 days. Treatment will be for a significant ankle sprain.

His status is undetermined at this time.

Losing Gallinari is devastating for a Nuggets team, despite theirdepth. They're already dealing with injuries to Nene, Arron Afflalo, and Timofey Mozgov, but Gallo has been the Nuggets' best overall player, performin at a near-All-Star level. Between injuries and a brutal schedule period, the Nuggets have lost five of their past six games.  

Without Gallinari, it means more time for Rudy Fernandez who also has had injury issues this season. The Nuggets had been one of the hottest teams in the league in the opening month, but injuries have taken their toll, damaging their biggest strength in depth.

Gallinari is averaging 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes per game this season with a 20.1 PER.

The No. 6 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft inked a 4-year, $42 million extension in January.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:47 pm

Gallinari (ankle chip fracture) out 1 month

Shortened season taking it's toll...quality of NBA down, guys hurt etc. It's a shame.

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:39 pm

Gallinari (ankle chip fracture) out 1 month

It's a shame that injuries are taking over a team with such young talented players. This Nuggets team definitely reminds me of my hometown Sixers team. Youth, unselfishness, and depth. The way i saw them deplete the Clippers on national TV with their depth was beautiful to see and is a reminder to those who 'NEED' a superstar that teamwork and chemistry trumps talent on paper. Best of luck to the Nuggets.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:39 pm

Gallinari (ankle chip fracture) out 1 month

This means that they'll get Chandler back for sure, maybe even JR Smith.  They don't have much of a choice now with so many of their key players injured.

Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:16 am
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:46 am

Danilo Gallinari suffers chip fracture in ankle

Really bad news. Gallinari is looking more and more like the real deal every game.

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