Gallinari expected to miss at least a week with broken toe
Nuggets forward suffered injury in OT loss at Portland
Unfortunately for the Nuggets, they are about to learn more about Danilo Gallinari's impeccable fashion sense.
Gallinari was in street clothes Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks and is expected to be sidelined another 7 to 10 days with a broken left big toe.
Gallinari, who was part of the three-team, 13-player trade with the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 22, suffered the injury near the end of Denver’s overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers last Friday.
It was initially thought the 6-foot-10 forward sprained his toe, but additional X-rays Monday revealed but a non-displaced fracture.
Gallinari scored two points in his Nuggets debut last Thursday and then exploded for 30 points and nine rebounds against the Trail Blazers.
Based on the timeline for his recovery, he will miss Denver’s final three games this week but could return March 10 at Phoenix.
Thanks to last week’s trade, the Nuggets have plenty of depth in the frontcourt.
Power forward Kenyon Martin returned to the lineup Monday after missing one game with the flu, and coach George Karl also has 7-footers Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos available if he needs additional size.
With Martin back against the Hawks, Wilson Chandler started in place of Gallinari at small forward, but J.R. Smith finished the game as the Nuggets pulled away for a 100-90 victory.
“We have a lot of talented players,” Chandler said. “We can spread it across the floor and guys can score. I don’t think (Gallinari’s absence) will be a big issue.”