Surgery is now a possible option for Danilo Gallinari
Los Angeles Clippers small forward Danilo Gallinari is hoping for a speedy recovery from a broken hand as he looks to help the team make a late push into the NBA playoffs. However, the Italian sharpshooter could potentially be out for a lot longer if it turns out that he must undergo surgery to repair that injured hand.
Per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints, Gallo and the Clippers still have to wait for around one more week for the swelling in his hand to subside before they can know whether surgery is actually required.
“Danilo Gallinari tells ClutchPoints the swelling and discoloration in his hand has gone down and that in about 7-8 days, he’ll have an examination to determine whether or not he will need surgery.”
Gallinari, who is averaging 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in over 32 minutes of action in his first, injury-riddled season with the Clippers, has missed the last eight games after suffering the hand injury against the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 22. But despite his absence, the Clippers have still gone 6-2 without him in the lineup.
Even with that impressive run, though, the Clippers are still in a precarious position in terms of the playoff race. They currently sit in the eighth spot in the wild Western Conference with a 36-29 card, which is just a half-game ahead of the ninth-seed Denver Nuggets.
As the fight for a spot in the playoffs continues to heat up every day, the Clippers can only hope that Gallinari will be able to return as soon as possible to help their cause of prolonging their season.