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Nuggets F Danilo Gallinari out for the season with ACL tear

MRI exam reveals no additional ligament damage; surgery to be scheduled


DENVER, April 5, 2013 – An MRI exam today revealed that Denver Nuggets F Danilo Gallinari suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The MRI showed no signs of other ligament or meniscus damage. He will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Gallinari, 24, averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 71 games this season.

“We’re extremely disappointed for Gallo. He was having a career year in scoring and rebounding and was a huge reason for our success,” Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said. “We will obviously support him and be there for him throughout his recovery.

“Knowing his work ethic and commitment to getting back on the floor, we are confident he will come back stronger than ever next season.”

Surgery will be scheduled at a later date, and a prognosis for a full recovery is excellent.