Coach Mike Malone relayed Tuesday that Danilo Gallinari (ankle) was still "weeks away" from a return, the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey reports. "Yeah, I'd say he's weeks away," Malone said. "That would be the best way I could phrase it without having a definitive timetable."
Gallinari was able to do some shooting on the court prior to both of the Denver Nuggets ' last two games, but he doesn't appear close to participating in full workouts with the team. Given Malone's lack of optimism that Gallinari would be back as soon along with the season drawing to a close on April 13 for the lottery-bound Nuggets, it seems fairly likely that we've seen the team's top star for the last time in 2015-16. He was in the midst of a career year before suffering the ligament tears in his right ankle, averaging 19.5 points while shooting 41 percent from the field and 86.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The Denver Nuggets are considering shutting Danilo Gallinari (ankle) down for the season, the Denver Post reports. "I've already thought about that. I don't have an answer," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "I think it's a very good question. At that point, depending on where we are, it's going to depend on four games to go, what is the picture? Are we 15 games out of the playoffs? Well, it probably makes sense to play some of our younger guys and let them get minutes and see what they can do. But we'll see."
The Nuggets announced earlier in the week that Gallinari suffered torn ligaments in his ankle, and the injury is expected to sideline him until late in the regular season. Considering Denver is currently out of the playoff field and now without its best player, the team will weight the value of potentially bringing Gallinari back for a week or two at the end of the season. "That's something that we'll talk to Gallo about," Malone said. "He deserves to be part of that conversation. He's earned that with his play this year. He's having a career year. The amount of respect that I have for him as a man and as a player, that's something that we'll talk about. But we will jump off that bridge head-first when we get there." Gallinari, 27, is averaging a career-best 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 41.0 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three.
The timetable just about aligns with the original three-to-four week recovery period that was first reported Sunday. With the season coming to an end in mid-April, it's certainly the possible that we've seen the last of Gallinari in 2015-16, as the
Danilo Gallinari (ankle) expects to miss three-to-four weeks, Zach Mikash of Denverstiffs.com reports.
Gallinari injured his ankle playing against the Mavericks on Friday when he came down awkwardly and landed on D.J. Augustin's foot. Gallinari thought that this sprain was worse than the ankle injury that kept him sidelined for six games earlier in the season. If he returns, this timetable would set him up to be playing the last eight regular season games.
Danilo Gallinari suffered a right ankle injury in Friday's game and expects to miss significant time, ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon reports.
It's not yet clear how long Gallinari will be sidelined, but the said his latest setback is worse than the ankle injury that cost him six games in December, so he could be sidelined at least a couple weeks. Expect an update on his status when more details are released.
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