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Danilo Gallinari suffered an ankle injury on Monday night against the Houston Rockets. The Denver Nuggets forward says he'll be out with a chip fracture, but isn't sure how long.
Danilo Gallinari has put together a pretty impressive season thus far for the Denver Nuggets, but the Italian forward might be put on a hiatus after suffering an injury in Monday night's game. There won't be any official timetable until a CT scan is performed on Tuesday, but it seems as though he'll likely miss some court time.
Gallinari scored a team-high 14 points in the Nuggets loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday, but was pulled in the third quarter when the injury occurred. The Denver Post reports that a further diagnosis is scheduled.
Gallo seems resigned to being out for awhile, but it isn't clear how long, according to his comment's to the team's website.
"I am worried, but injuries happen," said Gallinari, who is averaging a team-leading 17 points per game. "I'm not happy it happened to me. I wanted to play (after the injury) and I wanted to win this game more than anything. I'll be out ... I don't know how long."
If Gallinari is forced to miss significant time, it would be a blow to the Nuggets as they were already missing fellow starts Arron Afflalo, Nene and Timofey Mozgov due to injuries heading into Monday night's game.