There’s a big battle for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs with as many as six teams vying for one of the last two seeds. And it just got harder for the Nuggets to get one of those.
Last night during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks, Denver leading scorer Danilo Gallinari broke his thumb while trying to block a dunk from Ian Mahinmi. He immediately went to the locker room and did not return to action. X-rays showed that he has a broken thumb which could sideline him for the next month.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to be. It’s not going to be short,” Gallinari told The Denver Post. It’s a fracture. The doctor told me the fracture takes four weeks to heal. Hopefully I can put something on and play sooner than that.”
The Nuggets could use him back quicker than that too as the Italian forward is leading the team in scoring this season at 15.6 points per game. He’s already missed 13 games this season from a severely sprained ankle.
Andre Miller also left the game with a bruised shoulder and it’s not certain whether or not he will play on Wednesday against the Pistons.
Denver is clutching to the seventh seed in the West but it’s a tight battle with Houston, Phoenix, Utah, Minnesota and Portland all within 4 1/2 games. So, this injury couldn’t have come at a worse time.