Celtics SF Danilo Gallinari has Torn ACL


September 2

The news on injured Boston Celtics forward Danilo Gallinari is worse than initially anticipated.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Gallinari suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will likely miss the entire 2022-23 season.

The 34-year-old was initially believed to have torn his meniscus. However, further evaluation revealed a much more severe injury. Gallinari suffered the injury on August 27 in a FIBA World qualifier against Georgia. Attempting a Euro step on a Georgian defender, the veteran immediately grabbed the back of his left leg in obvious pain. It’s the second torn ACL of Gallinari’s career – both in the same knee.

Signing a two-year, $13.3 million contract with the Celtics this offseason, the native of Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Italy, was expected to play a prominent role off Boston’s bench. 

Backup forward Grant Williams stands to see an increase in playing time following Gallinari’s injury.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Celtics as odds-on-favorites to win the 2022-23 NBA Championship at +500.

Thumbnail photo via Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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