Denver Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari Appears to Have Suffered Serious Knee Injury

By Ryan Heckman
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

During the first half of tonight’s Denver Nuggets game against the Dallas Mavericks, forward Danilo Gallinari went down with what looked to be a serious knee injury.

Gallinari was driving into the lane for a layup when his left knee buckled inward. He proceeded to drop the ball and fall to the ground while grabbing his knee. Eventually limping over to the sideline being helped by a couple of teammates, he sat wincing in pain. Gallinari was taken back into the locker room to be further evaluated by team physicians.

At the moment, Gallinari is the Nugget’s second-leading scorer at just over 16 points per game. The team’s highest scorer this season is Ty Lawson, who is out indefinitely at this time.

Currently, the Nuggets are sitting at the third seed in the Western Conference behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, who also happen to be playing each other tonight. Denver is in danger of falling all the way down to the fifth seed if they fail to end the season positively.

Heading into the playoffs, the Nuggets will be in serious trouble if they were to wind up playing without both Gallinari and Lawson. They have a fairly deep team, but the leadership and scoring of their two fallen players is tough to replace.

Hopefully Gallinari is at least ready to go come playoff time and his injury is less severe than the replay looked. He will be a key to winning in the postseason as George Karl and company look to make some noise in the West.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NBA contributor for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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