Nick Kosmider: Malone: “I give (Gallo) so much credit because he’s not close to 100 percent. He’s tried to come back, help this team in this playoff race.”
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TJ McBride: Wilson Chandler and Darrell Arthur are officially ACTIVE tonight against the Cavs. Danilo Gallinari is OUT.
Jonathan Feigen: Nuggets forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari both out vs. Rockets tonight. Both had been upgraded to questionable. Arthur also out.
Chris Dempsey: There are no timetables for the injuries Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Wilson Chandler (groin) are rehabbing. Both are day-to-day. #Nuggets
TJ McBride: Gallinari is also going to play tonight. He is feeling better and went through shootaround this morning.
TJ McBride: Mudiay (back), Arthur (knee), Faried (ankle), & Gallinari (groin) are all officially OUT. Chandler (sick) had been upgraded to QUESTIONABLE. pic.twitter.com/VAuEL0XVaT
TJ McBride: Mudiay, Faried, and Gallinari are all OUT tonight against the Mavericks. Mudiay re-injured his back at SAS. No timetable yet.
Chris Dempsey: Darrell Arthur (rest) and Danilo Gallinari (groin) are out of tonight’s game vs. San Antonio. Everyone else is expected to play. #Nuggets
Charles F. Gardner: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari will be out after suffering a groin injury against Memphis on Wed. Will Barton is listed as probable.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Danilo Gallinari MRI on groin came back negative. He’s expected to return to Nuggets soon. “Short rest,” source said.
TJ McBride: Gallinari also said he is AVAILABLE against the Clippers tonight after missing last game with an ankle injury.
Danilo Gallinari is expected to return to the Nuggets lineup tonight against Miami after missing three games with a sore right thigh, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. Gallinari followed a full practice on Tuesday with a full shootaround on Wednesday. It isn’t certain whether he’s completely out of the woods with the injury, but he’s feeling good enough to play. Gallinari warmed up prior to the Nuggets last game, at Phoenix, but couldn’t go. Still, that was a sign he was likely closing in on a return to action.
Though he continues to make good progress on a badly injured right ankle, Danilo Gallinari said he will not play another game for the Nuggets this season. “No,” he said after the team’s shootaround on Saturday morning. So, he’s done? “Yes,” he said.
He’s recovering from two torn lateral ligaments in the ankle — the anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular — and has a sprained deltoid ligament as well. Gallinari will end this season missing the final 23 games of it. “Very disappointing,” Gallinari said. “But that’s the way it is. We’re not fighting for anything right now. As a player, it’s one of the worst feelings ever because if you’re not fighting for anything it’s even tougher to find the motivation to play a game.”
He said the decision to shut it down for the rest of the season wasn’t made in effort to preserve himself for his Italian national team obligations this summer at the Olympics in Rio. “It was not in my mind, to be honest,” Gallinari said. “I’m paid a lot of money right here in Denver to play basketball and do my job. That was my focus, to get back, even if I had to play the last two games, that’s what I wanted to do. I can’t do it, so right now the focus is to get healthy and get ready for the summer.”
Interviewed by Sky Sport, Danilo Gallinari said that his season is likely over.
“Yeah, I’d say he’s weeks away,” Malone said. “That would be the best way I could phrase it without having a definitive timetable.” Gallinari has missed nine games with the injured ankle. The Nuggets are 5-4 in his absence.
Chris Dempsey: Danilo Gallinari (ankle) is ahead of schedule in his rehab according to #Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
If, say, the Nuggets have just a handful of games remaining and Gallinari is ready to play, do they play him? Or would it be more prudent to shut him down completely? “I’ve already thought about that. I don’t have an answer,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “I think it’s a very good question. At that point, depending on where we are, it’s going to depend on four games to go, what is the picture? Are we 15 games out of the playoffs? Well, it probably makes sense to play some of our younger guys and let them get minutes and see what they can do. But we’ll see.”
Gallinari may want to play. Malone said he’ll definitely consult the team’s leading scorer. “That’s something that we’ll talk to Gallo about,” Malone said. “He deserves to be part of that conversation. He’s earned that with his play this year. He’s having a career year. The amount of respect that I have for him as a man and as a player, that’s something that we’ll talk about. But we will jump off that bridge head-first when we get there.”
After tearing two ligaments in his right ankle, Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is expected to miss a month, league sources told The Vertical.
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari told La Gazzetta della Sport that he will likely miss 3-4 weeks of action.
Harrison Wind: Michael Malone on Danilo Gallinari: “He’s going to be out for a while. He compared it to his sprain earlier in the year and he said it was worse. We’re going to prepare moving forward without Gallo for the time being.”
Davide Chinellato: .@nuggets Danilo Gallinari told me he expects to remain out 3-4 weeks for his right ankle injury #NBA
Denver Nuggets leading scorer Danilo Gallinari said he expects to miss significant time after spraining his right ankle in the Nuggets’ 122-116 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. X-rays were negative, but Gallinari will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. “It’s worse than the one I had just two months ago,” said Gallinari, who sat out six games in December due to an ankle injury. “It’s worse than that one.”
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July 20, 2017 | 10:06 pm EDT Update
Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday that he has plans to give DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard during the 2017-18 season. “We got to have a better mentality of ball movement, man movement and spacing,” Casey said on Wednesday while on The Andrew Walker Show on Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
Casey also said that he’s not going to shy away from allowing DeRozan to create in the mid-range in iso situations, knowing it helps him draw fouls. But the focus is clear: the Raptors are looking to create more ball movement. “Everyone and their brother knows we want better ball movement,” said Casey.
Brett Dawson: Lot of questions about Dakari Johnson’s role. He’ll be 15th man. Your 15th man doesn’t play much. Still likely will spend some time w/ Blue. Johnson is an inexpensive guy who has grown a ton as a player, and the Thunder likes him. This is the logical next step for him.
Trail Blazers teammates Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been trying to sell Carmelo Anthony on joining Portland in a potential trade. They see Anthony as a missing piece to a team that was the No. 8 seed in a now-stacked Western Conference. Lillard went as far as to imply that Anthony joining Portland would make the Blazers at Golden State’s level or better.
The Warriors swept the Trail Blazers (easily) in the first round of the NBA playoffs last season. With that in mind, Draymond Green had himself a good laugh upon hearing of Lillard’s comments.
July 20, 2017 | 9:19 pm EDT Update
The Lakers met with free-agent guard Ian Clark for 45 minutes on Thursday afternoon, according to a league source familiar with the situation.The Lakers have expressed interest in Clark in recent weeks for various reasons, but no offer was made.
The Lakers view the 26-year-old Clark as a good mentor for rookie point guard Lonzo Ball after helping the Warriors win the 2017 NBA championship. After only playing four years in the NBA, Clark still could further cement his career with the Lakers should he have a productive season.