Danilo Gallinari injury: Nuggets forward goes down with knee injury

Danilo Gallinari injured his knee in the second quarter of the Denver Nuggets' game against the Dallas Mavericks and went down to the floor in what looks like excruciating pain.

Danilo Gallinari went down with a knee injury during the Denver Nuggets' game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. The injury occurred during the second quarter.

Gallinari was driving to the rim when his knee turned. He immediately grimaced in pain and hopped off the court while clutching his knee.

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He was tended to on a stretcher, but walked back to the locker room with the help of teammates. This is a critical loss for a Nuggets team that is also dealing with Ty Lawson's injury going into the playoffs.

On the season, Gallinari is averaging 16.3 points per game while shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. Gallinari is the Nuggets' second-leading scorer, behind Lawson's 16.5 points per game.

Denver is currently the third seed in the Western Conference, but is still engaged in tight race. The team could potentially fall to the fifth seed if they struggle to close out what has been a strong season. With home court advantage still on the line in their final games, the status of Gallinari could be the tipping point.

The Nuggets have announced that he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday.

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