Danilo Gallinari out for season with torn ACL


Apr 4, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) is helped off the court by center Timofey Mozgov (right) and forward Quincy Miller (left) after injuring his knee during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets took a huge blow on Friday afternoon when they found out that Danillio Gallinari tore his ACL and will be missing the rest of the season. An MRI exam revealed that Gallinari suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee against the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night.

Gallinari, who is 24 years old, was one of Denver’s main contributors this season. He averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in the 71 games he played this season.

If it weren’t for Gallinari’s play this season, the Nuggets may not have been in playoff contention. He’s played a big role on the team ever since being acquired in the Carmelo Anthony trade a few seasons ago.

He will be replaced, most likely, with Wilson Chandler, who will occupy the small forward position.