Gallinari, who was sidelined for 61 games in 2017-18 due to hand and glute injuries, will play for Team World in the NBA Africa Game 2018 exhibition Saturday in Pretoria, South Africa, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
It was the former injury that resulted in Gallinari finishing his inaugural campaign with the Clippers in street clothes, but the forward looks to be back to full strength after taking the last few months to heal up. Gallinari, who inked a three-year, $65 million pact with the Clippers last summer as part of a sign-and-trade deal, is expected to act as one of the primary scorers for Los Angeles as it continues its transition to the post-Blake Griffin era. Over his 21 games with the club in 2017-18, Gallinari averaged 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 three-pointers in 32.0 minutes per contest.
It's hard to sum up Gallinari's 2017-18 campaign as he appeared in only 21 games during his injury-plagued season. His points, rebounds, assists, three-pointers made and field-goal percentage all declined from last season. Gallinari main improvement next year will be trying to stay healthy, as he tries to prove that he is worth the three-year, $65 million contract signed with the Clippers in July 2017.
Gallinari (hand) is not expected to play again during the regular season, Elliott Teaford of the Torrance Daily Breeze reports.
There is a very high probability that the Clippers will be eliminated from the playoffs, so it's likely that Gallinari will not take the court again this season. He battled injuries all season, playing just 21 games, averaging 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.0 minutes when he did see the floor.
Gallinari will miss a second straight contest while dealing with soreness in his right hand, which he presumably aggravated during his most recent appearance. In his stead, C.J. Williams is likely to draw another start, though he played just 12 minutes during Tuesday's game. Gallinari's next chance to take the floor will come Saturday against the Nuggets.
Gallinari has been ruled out Tuesday against the Spurs due to soreness in his right hand, Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times reports.
Gallinari has played in the past two contests after missing the previous 18 with a fractured hand. It appears he re-injured the hand sometime over the past couple of days, after shooting 1-of-9 from the field in Sunday's loss to the Pacers. With Gallinari back on the pine, expect Sindarius Thornwell and Wesley Johnson to potentially see an uptick in minutes.
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