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Celtics’ Danilo Gallinari tears meniscus playing for Italy

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Apr 10, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari (8) reacts after scoring a basket during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics forward Danilo Gallinari sustained a torn left meniscus while playing for Italy in a FIBA World Cup qualifying game Saturday.

The Italian team did not disclose a timetable for Gallinari’s recovery, however the player announced over social media on Sunday morning that he won’t play in next month’s EuroBasket tournament.

“Official medical report: meniscus lesion. I won’t play #Eurobasket in my home town,” Gallinari wrote on Twitter.

Gallinari was driving toward the basket when he was injured during the fourth quarter of Italy’s FIBA World Cup qualifier game against Georgia. He grabbed his left knee in pain and was quickly treated by the Italy medical staff.

According to The Athletic, initial tests indicated the ACL in the knee was stable. Gallinari tore the left ACL in April 2013.

Gallinari, who turned 34 on Aug. 8, signed a two-year, $13.3 million deal with the Celtics last month.

Gallinari averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 66 games (18 starts) last season for the Atlanta Hawks. He was traded earlier this offseason to the San Antonio Spurs, who waived him and made him an unrestricted free agent.

In 13 seasons, Gallinari has averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists. The Italy native has shot 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and made 1,426 career 3-pointers in 728 games (563 starts).

Gallinari has played for the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Hawks.

–Field Level Media