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Danilo Gallinari to miss one month with sprained ankle

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari walks gingerly back

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari walks gingerly back to the line to shoot free throws after injuring his ankle against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter. (Feb. 6, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Danilo Gallinari will miss up to one month because of the ankle injury he suffered in the Nuggets' 99-90 loss to the Rockets Monday night.

An X-ray Monday night had revealed a fracture in Gallinari's foot, but doctors determined the injury had occurred before Gallinari's playing career.

Gallinari, who will wear a walking boot for 3-5 days, told the Denver Post that he could be back sooner than a month, "but with these kind of things, you want to take your time and have it heal in the right way."

The fourth-year forward has emerged as the Nuggets' go-to scorer, averaging 17.2 points per game. He scored over 30 points twice this year, and is shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from three.

Denver has struggled lately, dropping their last three games to fall to 15-10 on the season. They are currently first in the league in points per game (104.0), but 25th in points allowed per game (99.3)

Tags: Danilo Gallinari , Denver Nuggets , injury

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