Gallinari (groin) has been ruled out for Wednesday's tilt with the Timberwolves, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Not all too surprising, considering Gallinari has missed the past seven contests nursing a groin strain. The Nuggets are dealing with several injuries in the frontcourt, as Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Darrell Arthur (knee) will also spend Wednesday night on the bench. Wilson Chandler (illness) has yet to be cleared to play, but would likely see major minutes if he is able to take the court. Otherwise look for Will Barton to continue starting at small forward.
Gallinari has already missed five games with a strained left groin suffered back on Feb. 1, and while he was able to put in an on-court workout as recently as Thursday, it doesn't appear as though the forward is honing in on a return to game action just yet. As a result, it appears safe to rule Gallinari out for the second half of the Nuggets' road back-to-back set Saturday against the Cavaliers, but he'll be considered day-to-day in advance of the team's final two home games before the break next week. Though he came off the bench in Friday's win over the Knicks, Will Barton has benefited the most from expanded run during Gallinari's absence. In the previous five contests, Barton is averaging 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.4 three-pointers, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 31.8 minutes per game. He'll make for a strong option in both season-long and daily formats until Gallinari is cleared to return.
Gallinari (groin) said Saturday that he expects to miss around 10 days, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.
Gallinari has already missed two games with the groin strain and has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Mavericks, and based on his characterization of the injury, the forward seems likely to be sidelined for at least the rest of the week. With the All-Star break on tap for the following week, it may make sense for the Nuggets to hold Gallinari out until the beginning of the second half, in an attempt to give him as much time to rest up as possible. Gallinari's absence will open up more run for Wilson Chandler as the starting small forward, while bench players like Will Barton, Darrell Arthur and Juan Hernangomez should also benefit on a smaller scale.
Gallinari (groin) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Mavericks.
Gallinari's groin issue will keep him sidelined for a third consecutive contest, while Will Barton and Wilson Chandler figure to continue seeing additional minutes. Gallinari's next opportunity to return will come Wednesday against the Hawks.
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