Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 95, Dallas Mavericks 94

In a hard-fought battle to the wire the Nuggets proved they’re a team that thrives off heart and passion, rather than one that folds under emotional turmoil. Iguodala had a huge drive capped by a game-winning layup at the rim to put the Nuggets ahead by one point with only a few seconds remaining, while Corey Brewer dazzled with his energy and refusal to lose throughout the contest; however, the story of the game without question is Danilo Gallinari and his ostensibly torn ACL.

Dallas Mavericks 94 Final

Recap | Box Score

95 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF 16 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-6 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -3

Again, story of the game and not in a good way. More info below, but know this: Gallo’s gonna be sidelined for a really long time no matter what the official diagnosis. In terms of his actual production prior to the injury, Gallo looked great. He was extremely aggressive, in route to having another 20-point performance and was dishing the ball like a point guard.

Kenneth Faried, SF 38 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-8 FT | 19 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +7

Some pundits say Faried brings it ever night. That’s not entirely true though. He has a lot of off nights. Tonight was a great example of what happens when he TRULY brings it. He was everywhere. Nineteen rebounds says it all. He missed a few crucial free throws at the end of the game, but because the Nuggets won, they can be forgiven. With the Nuggets stricken by injuries, he needs to play like this a lot more often over the next several weeks.

Kosta Koufos, C 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -12

Koufos had a really quiet night. He had a few good rebounds and buckets close to the rim, but was otherwise pretty nonexistent.

Andre Miller, PG 33 MIN | 9-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | -5

Miller was impressive. His offense helped the Nuggets through tough stretches and he was pretty clutch when it mattered most. He also made a commitment to defense, even though he still took his fair share of possessions off. Bottom line: As long as he’s at least putting in effort to stifle his opponent, that’s good enough for us.

Andre Iguodala, SG 41 MIN | 3-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +1

Iguodala didn’t even score his first points until late in the game. He couldn’t throw a pea in the ocean, as they say, but he helped out in other ways. His defense on Dirk was admirable and impressive considering he’s about six inches shorts than him.

Anthony Randolph, PF 2 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +6

Randolph had a nice put-back dunk prior to the conclusion of the first half. And that was about it.

Corey Brewer, SF 35 MIN | 7-17 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +5

At mid-season I said Corey Brewer was the MVP of the Nuggets up to that point. These are the types of games that prove why I said that. Really, it’s hard to describe just how big of an impact he had — on both ends of the floor. His energy was insane, his shots weren’t always the best but he hit them when they mattered most. He ended up with an array of big plays that kept the Nuggets in the game including a late steal and rebound off a missed free throw that allowed the Nuggets to call a timeout and get the eventual game-winning bucket. He also got the game-winning blocked shot. Again, I cannot stress just how impressive he was on this night. He was without question the heart of the team, as is often the case.

JaVale McGee, C 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -3

McGee seems to be slowly losing his confidence. His minutes continue to decline and naturally, so does his production. Against the Mavs he was out of position for most of the game and generally behind the flow of action. He would benefit greatly from just making a conscious effort to rebound and play more fundamental defense.

Evan Fournier, SG 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +5

Fournier’s hot streak ends abruptly. He played good defense throughout the game, especially in the passing lanes, but because the Mavs were clogging the lane he couldn’t get his rhythm driving to the hoop. His role as a Nugget will now likely expand to the biggest its ever been with Gallo out.

Wilson Chandler, SG 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +4

Chandler’s stat line isn’t the most impressive but he had some big plays throughout the game, including a few crucial threes, rebounds and defensive stops. Chandler should now step in as the Nuggets starting small forward with Gallo out. This is his chance to prove himself, not only to the Nuggets, but to the entire league as well.

George Karl

I had a debate with Dever Post writer Mark Kiszla on Twitter about what it meant if the Nuggets won this game. I said it was excusable if they lost due to the shock of losing Gallo to what appears to be a gruesome injury; he said this was essentially a must-win where Karl needed to prove himself as a coach. Well, he was right. And Karl did prove, yet again this season, that he knows what it takes to get the Nuggets a huge “W.” I don’t know what he said at halftime, but it worked. This was a grind-it-out game and the Nuggets never backed down. In fact, this might have been the gutsiest win of the season given the circumstance.

Grades aside, the big news on the night is unquestionably Gallinari’s knee injury. It doesn’t look good folks. Both Benjamin Hochman and Adrian Wojnarowski are reporting that all signs point towards a torn ACL. Did I say this doesn’t look good?

We shouldn’t jump to conclusions without a definitive diagnosis; however, no matter what the MRI reveals chances are Gallo will be out for the remainder of the season.

The good news (if there is any): Wilson Chandler and Corey Brewer are more than capable of filling the void in production from Gallo’s absence. And given how well Fournier has been playing lately, there really isn’t too much to worry about in terms of scoring. Of course, this isn’t even to mention Jordan Hamilton, who’s proven to be more than capable of filling it up at the NBA level, nor Quincy Miller, who would likely impress if he had to produce in a pinch.

The bad news: Gallinari is out, likely for a very long time. What we shouldn’t be worried about now is how quickly he’ll return. If it is an ACL, he’s gonna be sidelined for about a year. What we should be worried about at this moment — until further information comes to light — is Gallinari’s health and state of mind. This type of injury is scary. There’s just as much mental anguish as there is physical pain. As a player, Gallo is without question one of the top three on the Nuggets roster. Some believe he’s the very best. Mentally, his teammates are going to go through a big change in their state of mind over the next several days, just as Gallo is. They have to get used to the idea that one of their best players is no longer with the team. It’s gonna take some adjusting, but luckily there’s still some time remaining between now and the playoffs for the team to gel sans Gallo.

We’ll keep you updated on what exactly transpires with this news as more information comes to light. But in the meantime, let’s say a collective prayer for The Big Game Hunter and wish a speedy and robust recovery in the process.

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Kalen Deremo

Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.
  • codizzle

    awesome win.
    Gallo’s knee injury worries me. it’s going to be serious. sucks.

  • Fraser

    Gallo was definitely an ACL with the way his weight was and the way the knee buckled

    But good to see we can win in terrible circumstances! that’s what great teams do!

    Got a tough W without our #1 and #2 scorers!

    • magster

      Adrian Wojonarski (sp?) tweeted that Nugs’ trainers thought it was an ACL upon physical exam.

  • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

    & people want brewer gone? lol

    Yeah, Gallo is pretty much a goner… Gonna take a miracle for him to be back by the playoffs. Just gotta hope the team takes a “Kevin Ware-ish” approach & plays with intensity the rest of the year..cause as they showed if they play with intensity not even the refs & Dirk can stop them….

    • Ckwizard

      I am one of those people… Brewer is a fine player but if he is as good as your “and people want Brewer gone?lol” comment suggests the Nuggets should be fine.

      I was at the Denver Mavs game a few years ago where Afflalo hit the Game winning shot awesome experience but Afflalo isn’t a Nugget any more and the Nuggets are better yes they lost a good player who is better than Brewer and they got better.

      I will reserve my armchair critique of this team until the end of their playoff run because even with the losses of Gallo and Ty this team should still be able to win a playoff series. If the Nuggets can’t win a playoff series then Coach Karl can claim injuries did us in and fans like me can argue where the weak links are.

      • googergieger

        Well two different players. Afflalo is the better over all but Brewer always shows up to play. Nobody plays like it is the last game of their life ever game more than Brewer. Brewer never thinks the game is over until it is over. And Brewer is cheap and accepts his role and wants to play in Denver. We should try to keep him, he has earned it. Just shouldn’t over pay for him.

        • Dubz

          Brewer has turned himself into a Bruce Bowen type player where he’s soooooo soooo much more valuable to one team than the other 29. I hope that he realizes this as well as the rest of the league. It only takes one team to offer him a 3 yr $20 million dollar deal and the Nuggets would have no choice but to let him walk. I’ve always appreciated Brewer for his energy and effort but he’s really starting to dial it in and limit his mistakes. He’s now up there in terms of who’s the most important player on this team and that’s really saying something for a guy who we picked up for a 2nd rounder. That was a heck of a trade by Masai.

        • Ckwizard

          Brewer deserves a chance to start in my opinion even though I don’t think he is a legit starter in the NBA. I honestly want Brewer to prove me an idiot but my opinion is essentially this…

          Brewer is Good but in my opinion both Fournier and Hamilton have higher ceilings, and Next year if Brewer is on the Nuggets the development of those players is stunted. Next years team may not be very different from this year. If the Nuggets lose Igoudala next year but keep Brewer I will still be a fan but once again the passion will slip as my perception of their potential drops. If Brewer leaves my perception is the Nuggets have a better potential. Same thing goes with Miller.

          The Nuggets are so close to being a great team, how they get from Good to Great is fun to discuss but thank God It is Ujiri’s Job because I liked Nene and Afflalo and am simply amazed at not only what has happened over the last few years but how. It will be interesting to see how this season finishes out and I still believe but it is nice to be excited to see what our teams GM does durring the off season to make our team better. Matt was right when he said we were lucky to have this team to cheer for but like you Googergieger I want to see the Nuggets win it all.

          Peace

          • MainFrank

            We need to remember what we’ve learned from teams like San Antonio – and even the Heat. It’s not just about talent and ceilings, it’s about forging a team’s identity. The question is whether Brewer is key to our identity at a price we can afford. If so, we should definitely keep him, just like the Spurs do with players that fit exactly the way they play and “their system.”

      • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

        I think you’re lumping me into a group I don’t want to be a part of..

        I think Brewer hurts us a lot too, he gambles too much on D, he’s one of the streakiest shooters in the league, etc., but you can’t deny that he’s a PERFECT fit for this team…

        & I do think GK just got a free pass if they don’t make it out of the 1st this year…

        • Ckwizard

          My apologies kind sir didn’t intend to lump you in with but I can argue and not for the sake of arguing trust me Brewer is my Wife’s favorite player on this team and she gets mad at me for my opinions if I think anything negative about Brewer.

          The biggest argument by most on here is the Nuggets need a better three point shooter that means Brewer doesn’t fit that bill.

          I pose this hypothetical question…

          If the Nuggets geta three point specialist which current rotational player should lose minutes? My answer is obviously Brewer what is yours?

          • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

            In a perfect world we’d find enough room to add a 3 point shooter without subtracting anyone, obviously that’s not possible.

            Brewer would also be my choice, but only for a player like Korver with some size.

          • googergieger

            Well again the problem is if you bring in someone like Reddick or Korver for Brewer, you lose the D, the cuts, and the never say die attitude and energy. Only guy I’d be interested in is Dudley from the Suns, as he is a high IQ player, who can play solid d, knock down a shot, and is said to be a great team mate and locker room presence as well. Problem is even then Brewer is one of the fastest guys in the league and he has a great wing span.

            • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

              Dudley would be very good. Perhaps even a trade for Wes Matthews, but his contract is pretty ridiculous & we’d have to give up quite a bit…Although, Portland may be looking to deal as the only thing they’re really missing is depth.

              • mile high

                MVP: Corey Brewer was pumping life into the depleted Nuggets roster all night, finishing with a game-high 23 points. With 7.7 seconds to go, Brewer’s out-of-bounds save set up the Nuggets for their final possession: Andre Iguodala’s game-winning layup.

                That was tonight, and Brewer has done this many times before…

                For all of you who still want Brewer gone, open your hearts, wipe your biased eyes clean and start counting your blessings!

      • mike

        to those assuming ty will be back or that he will be near peak:

        http://www.healingfeet.com/blog/foot-care/another-plantar-problem-ruptured-plantar-fascia

        At this point I say you should wait for him to be fully healthy which is first round opener at the Earliest. No point risking more injuries without gallo. This team may be doomed to never get out of the 1st round again as the Rockets could get significantly better going into next season.

  • Ban Johnson

    This team has heart. They don’t deserve that Gallo injury, that’s for sure.

    Corey Brewer is a winner.

    Going forward, Chandler can play 8-10 more minutes. Brewer can play 5 more. Fournier can give 15-20. Gallo will still be sorely missed, but Nugs can compete (assuming Ty comes back near 100%.) Will be tough to beat OKC and SA now, though, no doubt about it.

  • Ryan

    Ugh… No Ty, no Gallo, no chance unless Chandler becomes a consistent 20 ppg scorer from here on out… and he’s dealing with a ton of nagging injuries. What a terrible night, now I know how Bulls fans feel…

  • EMF

    1) Gallo’s injury is a big blow. Right when I saw it, I felt like our chance at a Western Conference Title possibly went right out the window. We’ll see.

    2) We didn’t deserve to win that game. Our overall play was lackluster and the missed layup and free throws in the last 6-7 should have doomed us, but we found a way, which is becoming a surprising theme for this team.

    3) We have some unreal depth. Back to #1 above, unless Ty comes back near 100% for the playoffs, I dont think we can make a major run with both our top scorers being hobbled, but we are still a legit team because of our depth. If our 2nd group we’re starting this entire season, I think we’d still be in the running for a playoff spot. I’m not sure any other teams could say that.

  • http://espn herpderpnuggets

    Nuggets got lucky tonight and I hate to sound pessimistic though. It just sucks because I thought that this was the year the nuggets make a serious run, and without Gallo its really depressing to know that all that time and money invested in a team could fall short again this year. Hopefully a first round exit won’t scare iggy away. Oh well, I’ll be at the game this Saturday rootin for the home boys. Only hope for the best for this team.

  • googergieger

    Don’t like our chances with Gallo out. He’s our best two way player. But I think we do have a chance to still make it out of the first round. Took this team a while to start fighting after Gallo went down, but when this team plays with fire they can still beat anybody. Especially with home court.

    I’m really hoping we get a sane schedule next year. And the officials finally start giving us the respect we deserve. Nobody gets more beat up than this team.

    League needs to get rid of back to backs and the 82 game season. Guys need rest. Teams need to play each other on even circumstances. Also get rid of the superstar bias already.

    I’m really sad my favorite player is more than likely done this season, but I’m still optimistic for next season and am happy with the win tonight.

    • http://espn herpderpnuggets

      Well said my friend. It seems like fatigue and the brutal schedule cause a lot more injuries than is acknowledged. I just hope this team sticks together and gets better, and Masai works his magic this offseason.

    • Brad

      I couldn’t agree more!! A foul is a foul! It lowers the quality of the game, and undermines the idea that competition is fair when stars get special consideration. I even hate it when I see players I’m rooting for get preferential treatment.

    • Ryan

      Agree with the general sentiment, but I don’t think the refs were overtly horrible tonight. When all was said and done, we had 3X more FTs than the Mavs, so we were, indeed, rewarded for being the more physical team. Problem is, we missed 11 of 30 FTs. Not sure how to fix that and almost certain it will cost us in the playoffs, in addition to the horrid luck with injuries.
      A 70 game season would be a good medium between keeping players relatively fresh and keeping the owners from squawking too much about lost revenue…

  • Mark

    We can still win the first round of the playoffs, but the Western Conference finals are now a pipe dream without Gallo. I was waiting for this to happen – things were going too well for the Nuggets. Maybe I was dreaming all along, but I was really starting to think the Nuggets were the only thing standing between the Heat and another easy title.

  • Will

    Why did Chandler get only 2 more minutes than Fournier?

    • googergieger

      Foul trouble.

  • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

    Anyone else notice Gallo always gets hurt against Dallas?

    Last year he broke his hand on the rim against them.

    • GK4Prez

      It is weird how things like that happen. KLove seems to always get hurt against the Nuggets. Last season Mcgee knocked him out and this year he came back from a broken hand only to break it again against the Nuggets.

  • chronosynclastic infundibula

    Hopefully TY comes back healthy and Fours can fill in for Gallo. This by far the most deflating win ever.

  • Brad

    I’m really only worried about the Gallo injury if Ty is gone for the playoffs. I feel like Chandler can step up and be as effective as Gallo. In fact, it’s pretty frequent that Chandler plays as well as Gallo, if not better. Gallo can be really inconsistent, so maybe Chandler having a good playoff run will make up for it. That being said, any more injuries and it starts to look bleak. We’ll see, but I’m not ready to write these guys off yet, even with these injuries. I think these guys can still make a lot of noise come playoff time!!

  • Bobby

    This is a bummer. I honestly felt we were legitimate contenders. I think the its a coin flip between OKC/SA vs Nug and who knows with our size and speed against the Heat. But without Gallo they will pack the paint even more.

  • magster

    Hope GIANLUCA doesn’t drive to the Coliseum and feed himself to a lion upon learning of Gallo’s injury.

    • Chris

      +1 for the magster.

    • Kasey

      lol Thanks for making me laugh. I needed that.

  • Dubz

    As someone who’s torn his ACL, I can say that it’s roughly a 60% chance that Gallo tore his in my somewhat educated opinion. However, he could have a severe sprain or MCL/Meniscus tear. I would take any of those 3 over an ACL even if any of those 3 would mean he’s out for the entirety of the playoffs.

    Like everyone else, I think Chandler will start at the 3 but instead of Fournier playing at the 3, we’ll see Iggy play those minutes. Karl really likes playing Chandler at the 4 for good reason, he’s been extremely effective there. Iggy can guard 3’s just as well as 2’s and Fournier is better suited at the 2. Randolph will get a little extra burn and so will Brewer.

    The main guy who really needs to step up is Faried. I like everyone else love Faried’s game and energy but he’s been almost unplayable in crunch time this season with his propensity for bad fouling and terrible free throw shooting. If he can improve upon both of these, there’s no reason why he can’t play 32-34 mins a game. Come on Faried, this is your time to prove your worth!! I’m also interested to see what Fournier does from here on out knowing he’s almost certainly going to be a major role player in the playoffs.

    I’ve been critical of Karl a bunch throughout his career but this is when I’m thrilled we have a coach who has a steady hand like Karl. These guys will be properly coached and will know what is needed from each of them for this team to succeed. This team still has all the pieces, especially if/when Ty returns. Go Nuggets!! I have faith!!!

    • trank

      i like your analysis. it reminds me of my mcl but the angle wasn’t as as bad. i heard a pop too but it wasn’t torn all the way.

  • googergieger

    Gallo is the team’s second best defender(and one of the best defenders at his position). Inconsistent or not he is the team’s best offensive player and the best at getting to the line. One of the few that boxes out for the team. Can draw charges and block shots. Chandler is a good to very good player with few weaknesses beyond the occasional bad shot selection and an inability to stay in front of quicker players(Gallo is the better perimeter defender and Chandler is the better post defender), but not for nothing Gallo is one of the few players in this league who isn’t bad at anything. Yes he can use a post game, but there isn’t one thing the kid does that is bad. Everything is good and up. He isn’t Lebron James best in the world all around, but he is one of the better two way players in the league. Ty’s offense is going to have to be consistently astronomical to make up for everything Gallo brings to the table. Still say we win in the first myself, and with a sane schedule next year we should be able to rest our guys by now. And probably be a lock for first or second seed by now as well. Here is hoping anyways.

    • Ackdog

      Have to disagree with you goog man. Gallo is not the teams best offensive player. That honour goes to Ty Lawson. I don’t think he is our best two way player either. I believe that honour goes to Chandler. I have had discussions on this blog before that Gallo has the most potential of being the MAN more than any other Nugget on the team. Over his tenure in Den he has shown me that he is only above average offensively and an average defensive player. The numbers just don’t lie. Career 15 points 5 rebs .05 blks 41% shooter under 40% from three, 2 assists. Al of those numbers have dipped in the post season. He is the Nuggets best jump shooter which is scary because he is very inconsistent. I feel for the guy and I think he is vital to the Nuggets immediate success. However in saying that a few things could happen. Chandler gets the starters minutes at the 3 and Randolph backs up Faried which to me makes Den more athletic and better defensively. Or we can see how Karl really feels about JHam and he can maybe grab 20 minutes a game at the 3. Only time will tell…

      • googergieger

        You can keep disagreeing all you want but every time we have this argument it boils down to everything including game tape say Gallo is our best two way player and you coming up with “but he’s white!”.

        • Ackdog

          Every time anyone disagrees with you and makes valid pints backed up by statistical data you come resort to name calling or comments like above. Your bias is sickening and your racist overtures are disgusting. Shame on you!!!

          • googergieger

            Okey dokey. Catch and shoot, attack the rim, finish with contact, cut to the basket, take advantage of smaller players on him, etc. Ty can get to the rim and hit a pull up jumper. Ty also has the ball in his hands majority of the time. Gallo is a more versatile offensive player than Ty. Gallo was in a slump but he is still the teams best offensive player. As far as two way goes. Well seeing as he is the team’s best offensive player and even if you want to argue the team’s second best offensive player, well, then okay. But defensively?

            In isolation plays Chandler holds his opposition to 1.02 but holds the opposition in post ups to .73. In isolations Gallo holds his opposition to .64 in post ups it is .8. Overall Chandler has is .9 in points per possession and Gallo is .88. Going on synergy stats.

            Now on/off numbers? Offensively 108.8 on and off the numbers are 105.3. Defensively 101.6 on and 103.0 off.

            Chandler? Offensively when he is on the court 108.6 and 107.1 off. Defensively 100.2 on and 102.7 off.

            Playoffs? How bias and unfair can you be on the matter? Last year he was hurt and the year before everyone in the playoffs sucked because it was a new team playing cause of the Melo trade. More athletic and better defensively? Everything says he is one of the better defenders in the league and the second best on this team. He is 6’10 with a 7’0 or 7’1 wing span. He is quicker than Chandler and Randolph.

            So please explain to me why is Gallo less athletic and not as good of a defender as Chandler and Randolph? Why isn’t Gallo our best two way player?

            • theo

              You’re an a-hole that contributes very little substance here but I admit you do a good job viciously defending your pathetic little turf.

              I’ve moved on because making a take here just takes too much energy.

              • Ackdog

                LIKE ^^^^^^^

            • Ackdog

              Chandler primarily plays most of his minutes backing up the 4 with the second team. He also plays about 9 minutes less per game than Gallo and his stats are on par with Gallo’s with the exception of 4 points less per game. If he gets Gallo’s minutes his stats will go up accordingly. That’s offensively. Defensively Chandler will be guarding 3’s his more natural position which again his stats will improve. A lot of us believe that Chandler is more of a 3 than he is a 4. If Randolph gets Chandlers minutes backing up the 4 I think that makes the second unit better defensively because of Randolph’s size. His rebounding and shot blocking ability at the 4 should be better than Chandler’s.

              Gallo may have the size but are you really telling me he is more athletic than Chandler or even Randolph. I think not. Much like McGee he has all this size and wingspan but only pulls down 5 boards a game. Less than 1 block. In my opinion he may be our second best two way player behind Chandler. Only time will tell….. By the way my favourite player is Faried. Not because he is black but because of the way he plays.

              BTW if Gallo is so much better than TY why don’t the numbers show it? Yes Ty has the ball more because he is the point guard but on average Ty only shoots it once more per game than Gallo. Gallo’s 3point % is only slightly higher than Ty’s yet he chucks it up twice more per game.

              • googergieger

                Well let us be real here and state that in Denver positions matter very little. As all we do is switch and on offense, Gallo and Chandler are a mismatch waiting to happen. But beyond that, defensively you aren’t really arguing my point. In one on one defense, which takes into account any time you have to guard someone playing iso ball, Gallo is hands down the better defender. And this is in Denver’s switch heavy defense.

                He is 6’10 has a better wing span than Chandler at least and is faster than both Chandler and Randolph. What do you think athleticism means?

                I mean I told you every time we have this argument, I’m the only one having this argument. You may not come right out and say it but really what is your argument against Gallo not being this team’s best two way player? What is your argument about Gallo not being athletic? Etc?

                Okay so Dirk, Durant, Melo. All healthy. Who is the better offensive player? Dirk is the only one that is truly unguardable. Durant is the most accurate. And Melo would be the most versatile. Yes? Disagree?

                Gallo is our best offensive player. He can score in the most variety of ways. He is often the one forced to beat the shot clock. He is often the one attacking the basket which leads to put back opportunities. Much more dude was picking it up recently after he was coming back from a deep bruise. Ty was bad early on in the season due to some injury and other problems. Don’t hold that against him now do you? But again ignoring this argument. If you want to say Gallo is our second best offensive player. Then Gallo would still be our best two way player.

                This will be the last time I repeat myself on this. Either come up with an actual argument as to why Chandler is the best all around guy on the team, or why Gallo isn’t, and why for some reason you don’t believe Gallo isn’t a good defender with plenty of athleticism, or expect to be written off like I did earlier in this back and forth.

            • dynamo.joe

              Actually, JaVale is our best offensive player. He scores more points per 48 minutes and he does it taking fewer shots.

              Is he as versatile? No. Is a bit of a defensive liability? Yes. But based purely on offensive production, it’s JaVale, hands down.

              • mike

                actually javale mcgee is almost purely a complimentary player getting a high majority of his shots off teammates setting him up or Offensive rebounds. He’s the most Efficient scorer (TS%) other than Koufus so your contention he is the best offensive player works on zero levels. This of course ignores his style is extremely inefficient when he tries to come up with his own shot and he essentially would cause 18,000 people to go into cardiac arrest if he got an assist (Very low assist rate as does koufus) Im not sure I agree that Gallo is currently the best offensive player on the team as he is a very capable passer, but does not create enough assists to be considered a GOOD facilitator. (Ty?)

              • dynamo.joe

                Complementary or not he still scores at a higher rate than Gallo or anyone else who has over 500 minutes.

              • mike

                good analysis. Very in depth. by a whole .4 points he scores more points per 36 minutes. And that takes into account NOTHING else it would take to be a valuable offensive player. So offensive production is based solely on points per 36 (or 48 is what you refernced). Nothing else matters… Just to point out how ludicrous that thought process is for guys in the ENTIRE NBA at scoring rate per 48 minutes: Carmelo Anthony is the BEST offensive player in the league, Ben Gordon, Andray Blatche and Marcus Thorton are all TOP 20 in the Entire League. Javale Mcgee in points per minute is equal to Chris Paul. So according to your analysis of offensive value they are equal offensive ballplayers. Its OK to be wrong.

              • dynamo.joe

                Win Score = PTS + STL + ORB + 0.5*DRB + 0.5*AST + 0.5*BLK – TOV – FGA – 0.5*FTA – 0.5*PF

                That’s basketball.

                WS(off) = PTS + ORB + 0.5*AST – TOV – FGA – 0.5*FTA

                That’s offense.

                WS(off)McGee = 24.4 + 5.1 +0.5*0.8 – 2.9 – 17.9 – 0.5*6.5 = 5.85

                WS(off)Gallo = 23.9 + 1.4 + 0.5*3.7 – 2.3 – 18.1 -0.5*7.2 = 3.15

                So, yeah McGee>Gallo offensively.

            • mike

              Differences statistically (these stats are rates so amount of minutes played are irrelevant as long as there is an adequate sample size, which there is) Chandler better at Defensive/Offensive rebounds, and steals (these are both “athlete” statistics), Gallo has a significantly better TS%, is a better assist guy (though still slightly disappointing this is more about Chandler being a black hole), Less turnovers slightly. Blocks are even this year, but Chandler has been better in most other years (another athlete stat). Gallo is pretty clearly a better ballplayer right now with slightly less athleticism. He has more upside as he has the potential to add a good post up game, but we’ll see. The ACL injury will probably stunt any growth that was likely to happen this summer until the following summer.

              They are very different ballplayers. If you have a few stellar half court facilitators/scorers on offense the overall value difference is not HUGE. But of course even with Ty full health the Nugs only have 1-2 very good facilitators/scorers (Ty, Miller) and one pretty good one (Iguodala) and Fournier is probably too young to count on though there are good signs. They need gallo because of his decent facilitating and because he can create his own shot and FT opportunities.

      • Guy

        Let’s not split hairs here. I think in the playoffs Ty’s ability to play at a high level is more important but losing Gallo is huge. I don’t think it will happen but I’d like to see Karl start Hamilton and keep the bench of Chandler, Brewer and Fournier together.
        With this team it doesn’t seem to matter who starts but who finishes. It’s time to let JHam prove he’s worth keeping.

  • Ckwizard

    Optimism here, yes the Gallo injury hurts but the line ups and rotations while a little odd can in fact come together nicely for a playoff run. Randolph can play and has talent this is the key piece added for the rotation. Chandler starts at the three and Randolph is the back up at the Four. Chandler is not that big of a drop off from Gallo at the three which is Chandlers natural position and Randolph at the Four is not that big of a drop off from Chandler.

    The Key to the Nuggets success in the Playoffs is overcoming the lineup changes which is going to be difficult but as far as talent goes the Nuggets are just slightly less talented without Gallo but they are mostly just different and to be honest slightly more athletic and long!

    Depth is a good thing when bad injuries happen and the Nuggets have quality depth!

    • ENK

      that was an interesting spin you put on the end there, being more ahtletic and long if we use randolph more.im also excited to see how fournier continues to play. i was thinking his offesnive game is similar to gallo except hes not as big. if he could become as reliable of a shooter as gallo, which really shouldnt be out of his reach and continues to drive to basket with his tricky footwork and willingness to make a nifty pass (a la gallo) we have a gallot lite. i think where miss out on the danilo most is on D, but you’re idea to utilize randolph and chandler makes up for that a bit. AI also needs to step up on offense now a bit. i love the nuggets and gallo was one of my favorite players in the nba, it was dveastating to see that tonight. w the playoffs around the corner the main focus has to be ty getting to 100%.

  • Chris

    You have to love a team that can still win, on a terrible off night, when their best two-way player goes down with a season-ending injury. We may not see the results that the Denver Nuggets are capable of in the wake of Gallo’s injury, but there’s no denying we’ve seen the most entertaining regular season in Nuggets history. If the band all stays together, they’ll be back in this spot next year.

    You have to love being a Nuggets fan.

  • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

    lol completely forgot about GIANLUCA… he must be DISTRAUGHT.

    • Ryan

      Yup. Hopefully someone can talk him off the ledge of his villa in Italy…

  • Ryan

    If JHam is ever going to get a shot, now would be the time. We absolutely need perimeter scoring now and he’s literally the only option I see that could provide some. Wonder what GK will decide to do…

    • Mitch

      I’ve got to agree, this may be Hamilton’s (last, best) chance to play. Karl prefers not to mess with the rotations, so he can start Jordan at SG and Iguadola at SF. Starting doesn’t mean he’ll get many minutes unless he plays well. I’d say Fournier would start ahead of Hamilton but we need him to sub for Miller.

      • Guy

        Didn’t see your post but I completely agree. JHam gives more offensive range than Randolph which will be lacking in the starting lineup without Gallo. Even with Gallo the starting lineup has had trouble scoring at times and I’d like to see our bench kept together since it’s been so effective all season long. This is JHams time to prove that he can do more than get garbage time points. Hope he gets the chance.

  • heykyleinsf

    As much as Gallo is obviously the main story here..

    Give the kid some credit already!!

    I am talking about Fournier!!

    Also… if Ty needs a full two weeks..
    what about Stone? Is he ready to come back?

    So Wilson Chandler starts now..
    Randolph takes his place.

    THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT!!!
    TEAM.

    The Nuggets are legit.
    There are 7 games left to work these young
    guys in.. so far I am seriously impressed with
    how they have responded.. especially #94.
    I want to see more of Stone and Randolph..
    I think they can do it.

    Gallo is probably my favorite player..
    maybe tied with Ty..

    But EVERYONE on this team counts.

    We stay third seed.. home court.. we’ve shown
    that we can knock out the giants..
    that said.. here comes the Rockets and Spurs..
    which is perfect..
    this win is the most important momentum we’ve
    ever had. Nothing but faith in these guys.

  • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

    I’m interested in if GK starts Wils & let’s Randolph back up Manimal or if he starts Corey & keeps Wils backing up Manimal.

    I’m hoping for the former, I really like Randolph’s intensity & that 2nd unit SERIOUSLY needs some O-Rebounding help. It seems like when Koufos & Manimal come out the offensive glass goes completely dry.

  • #magicFingers

    I know he didn’t make his shots tonight, but geez Fournier looks like a player. His shooting looks to have improved with limited playing time and he has a swagger about him I like. Learning to finish around the rim despite lack of hops as well. His defense on collision tonight was excellent, not only used his length but stayed in front of him for the most part. Hope he keeps some minutes with loss of gallo

    • heykyleinsf

      I think Fournier is in the mix indefinitely here on out.
      He totally seized the opportunity and isn’t letting go.
      I agree.. he was a little cold .. BUT..
      the energy and the determination is invaluable.

      He is just like Faried.. who was supposed to be a “project”.

      Project is over. He’s in the mix indefinitely if you ask me.
      Even when Ty and Gallo are 100% again.

  • heykyleinsf

    I know it’s taboo here..
    I know this will ostracize me..
    I know I will be further out of the club…

    but fxck it.

    AWESOME GAME ANDRE MILLER!!!

    • Ryan

      I don’t think anyone here is opposed to giving Miller his due when he plays well, it’s only when he puts himself ahead of the team (shooting that 3 against Boston) or refuses to try at all on defense that most of us get riled up. Would I like Miller as a teammate? Absolutely not. Do I appreciate his contributions on offense and when he puts forth even a minimal amount of effort on defense? Of course. I don’t expect much out of him, just put forth a professional effort when he plays. As long as he does that, I have no complaints…

      • mike

        nice compliment ryan. You essentially just sat there and said all the problems you have with Miller without saying a positive thing (he has value on offense” as tepid an endorsement as you can give)… It’s not even a backhanded compliment. Its just the backhand. Hence the guy mockingly suggested he would get killed in a game Miller was obviously the difference.

        • Ryan

          I said I appreciate what he brings offensively and when he puts forth a minimal amount of effort defensively. He brought a lot to the table tonight, hence no criticism. I was just pointing out that there is rarely unjustified criticism of Miller on this blog, at least from how I see it…

          • mike

            And I was suggesting that there is rarely praise for a guy who often does very well for the team on offense without emphasizing and mainly focusing on his defensive warts (which are real). As evidence see your two posts here. You said one vaguely positive thing and numerous negative things, which I pointed out, and then in a rebuttal restated the vague positive thing with the negative caveat (when he puts forth even a minimal amount of effort on defense” is not a positive)and explained that you were able to be positive without actually being positive. NOT saying something negative is not the same as saying something positive. Unless you grew up in an environment where praise doesn’t exist.

    • Dubz

      Miller played great. Nobody will hate on you for saying so. Haha I get your trepidation though. Just no starting fights please!!! :)

      • heykyleinsf

        I am all about TEAM.. and I always have been..
        too militantly and too zealously?
        probably..

        but my whole point all along..
        is that one player is not the reason for winning or losing..

        I don’t care if that player is Jordan, Miller, Brewer, Melo,
        James, Griffin, Duncan or andre freaking iguodala.
        And speaking of him.. I never criticize him past than him
        getting too much credit.. I’ve always said he’s a big part.
        Just not everything like so many people want to say he is.

        I love this team for the collection.. not the individuals..
        I don’t like it when people can’t think without having
        a superstar to give full credit to…
        it grosses me out..

        these days.. I’m happy. Look at the proof in the pudding.

  • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

    Another Note:

    Gallo was wearing Adidas… Sound familiar?

    Iman Shumpert
    Derrick Rose
    Tracy McGrady
    Kevin Ware

    Ridiculous that players still wear Adidas..

    • heykyleinsf

      geez!!
      At least Chuck Taylor’s!

  • James

    Love Gallo. Brutal injury. Hate to say it it, but has to be ACL. SUCKS. No other way to say it. This was their year.

    Sorry, no more negativity. Team really fought through this, won huge game. Miller was great. The fight they showed was huge, and bodes well for the playoffs. And as much as I love Gallo, they are deep and should cover the loss pretty well. I just think the WCF or finals is now out. Still, I will stay positive, and hope he comes back strong next year. But keep it up, Nugs. Stay strong.

  • Daniel

    I’m not ready to say the nuggets are done because of Gallo’s injury. He’s a great player for the team, but the past few months he wasn’t exactly lighting it up and we still kept on winning. If this really is the year the nuggets are supposed to make a run, then it might as well be this way. Two top scorers injured, everyone starting to count us out, and with the reserves on the bench needing to step up. Nuggets are one of the deepest teams in the league, time to see if the depth makes a difference

  • CJP32

    Time and Time again, Brewer proves his worth. I laugh at all the ‘fans’ here, on Denver Stiffs, Twitter, who say they are comfortable with him not being here next season. He shoots too much, he gambles, he takes bad shots etc etc

    Tell me who else on this team shows more emotion, hustle and commitment to winning, that what Brewer demonstrates? Gallo goes down with an injury, GK leans to Brewer, he scores 14 points in the 2nd half, last 19 seconds of the game, he steals the ball from Dirk, he secures an offensive rebound of Faried’s missed FT, he then blocks Morrows potential game winner. The guy is a winner and knows what it takes to win games.

    As much as I love Gallo, the guy is made of glass. I pray that its not his ACL, but it wouldn’t surprise me. GK has the players to step up, lets watch this team grow stronger and make some noise.

    • heykyleinsf

      I’ve always liked him.

      There are some people that can’t wrap their head
      around TEAM. They have to have their heroes
      and villains..

      It’s a good thing that the real TEAM has none of that.
      These Nuggets got each others backs while these “fans”
      try to stab them there.

    • Ryan

      I don’t think anyone would be upset about resigning Brewer, it’s just that the Nuggets are facing some difficult financial decisions this offseason and there likely isn’t enough money available to pay what Brewer wants. If a team with a lot of cap room offers him $7M a year, there’s no choice but to let him walk. If it’s between resigning Iguodala and Brewer, give me Iguodala…

      • heykyleinsf

        I would say the same thing all things being equal..
        but $ wise… that’s far from the case.

  • Nick

    I dislike back to back games. It probably had little or nothing to due with the injury, but still don’t like them.

  • Jake

    Gallos injury really sucks!! It really hurts this teams chances of reaching the finals but on a better note, GK said Ty would be out two weeks a week ago so hopefully the SA game ty can be back. Once TY is back I think the Nugs should be fine. Cbrew and Will need to step up and if Will can be a 15 ppg player from here on out then I think it should be okay. Brewer is playing better and will get more minutes. Iggy was amazing when he hit that last layup but man he’s gotta get his free throw shooting down!! And he needs to shoot better! Fournier is doing good and JHam is going to get a few minutes now I bet. But with Lawson coming back I feel all should be fine!

  • theo

    Almost looks orchestrated, Kalen. Good for you.

    • Ryan

      Backhanded compliment of the year award goes to…… theo!!

  • Nathan

    I think the Nuggets can absorb this injury better than most teams because of their depth. When Rose got hurt, the Bulls season was over. Chandler will have to step up some along with Brewer, Fournier, Hamilton, and Randolph. This is where most of Gallo’s minutes will be going.

    Make no mistake though, this injury comes at the worst time. 7 games to find a new rotation in time for the playoffs. I wonder how this affects possible playoff matchups with the Spurs and the Thunder.

  • Blacks1218

    I think this is J-Ham’s opportunity to play some quality minutes until this playoffs start. Instead of starting Brewer or Chandler, GK should keep the bench in tact and bring in J-ham for some offense. 20 minutes should suit him until Lawson is able to get back.

    I was at the game tonight, and as much as it kills me to loose gallinari, I think this can be positive. We have a lot of talented players who want to prove themselves. Also, the 3 position we are deepest at. That being said, I am just trying to be positive. Watching Gallo go down was heart-breaking

  • Evan Woodruff

    =( poor galo.
    I’d rather lose for the rest of the season then see a player go down like that.
    Was he crying??

  • Evan Woodruff

    =( poor galo.
    I’d rather lose for the rest of the season then see a player go down like that.

    • Damon Ables

      There is a word for situations like this. I believe it is “shitty”

  • LobCiudad

    I hope Lawson keeps resting until he’s 100%. Remember Gasol had a similar injury and he was out over a month. I think he probably should have sat during the SA game (clearly he couldn’t move and it probably aggravated the injury). As much as I want him back ASAP, now that Gallo is likely out of the picture we need Ty healthy and quicker than ever. If that means we don’t see him till playoff time, so be it. I still think we can do this. It was heart breaking to see one of our best guys go down, but inspiring to see the guys grind out a tough win anyway. This team has heart. Brewer, again, shows that he’s got that undefinable quality that doesn’t show up on a stat sheet, but wins games in spectacular fashion. Love all these dudes! Love watching somebody different step up every night. I hope they make a splash in the playoffs, but regardless, we are lucky to be fans of a team like this. Ne disrespect to the run we made in 2009 with a great squad, but I can’t help but feel like this team exemplifies what’s great about the game of basketball.

  • ENK

    #fourniation

  • idlejack

    Galo’s injury is a massive loss.
    WC will do excellent job as “Gallo” I dont doubt it.
    The big problem is who is gonna take WC’s role.
    A big chunk of his minutes is in PF position where he provides tactically mainly 2 things a)penetration as he’s quicker than his opponents b)better spacing as his jumpshoot is good.
    AR has neither of these.He’s a good “Faried” but no “WC”.

  • Vec

    Lol I understand Corey Brewer was big was big in this game, congrats but does Iggy get no credit for hitting the actual game winning shot? Because if it had missed, game would’ve probably been over and Denver looses. Brewer had a chance to hit a 3, Chandler had a chance and Faried on the free throw line.. all came up empty. But when Iggy makes the last shot of the game “game winner”, I see instead Brewer is rewarded with the game winning block. Game vs Bulls Iggy hit the last shot but still didn’t get the same praise. Damn I hope he goes somewhere else so you can see his worth.

    • Ryan

      The Nuggets are infinitely more fun to watch with Iguodala on the team. Players as talented and unselfish as him are a rarity. His defense is fun to watch and he contributes in so many under-the-radar ways. Even on a terrible shooting night, he almost had a triple-double. Believe me, serious Nuggets fans appreciate Iguodala…

  • Giovanni

    Get well Gallo!!!

    You are very unlucky in your nba career….

    Without Gallo and Lawson(why play at San Antonio?why?)we don’t have a chance….

  • dynamo.joe

    The place to look for production to replace Gallo/Ty is the bigs. We need 96 minutes of actual 4-5’s on the court.

    I guess we are gonna see who was right, me or the Chandlerites. I hope it’s the Chandlerites, but I think more Manimal/K2/McGee can make up the difference if it turns out I was right.

  • al68

    La lesion de Gallo cambia todo, yo este año veía a los Nuggets con la mejor posibilidad de llegar a la final, y ademas con la lesion de Lawson que no estará al 100%, creo que podemos hacer un gran esfuerzo para pasar 1ª ronda y nada más, si es que quedamos 3º.Desgraciadamnete, como en el año 88 lesiones de Lever y Vincent y adios finales.

  • zorba

    The Italian media refer “Gallo heard a cluck”…

    • Asckerabiz

      For me 6-7 month

    • dynamo.joe

      Which is funny given the whole gallo=rooster thing.

  • Cephus

    Fournier having a bad game against a Rick Carlisle coached team is no coincidence. Dallas watches the film & they adjust. Now everyone else will copy what Dallas did. Fournier will have to adjust to the adjustments or we’re doomed. Miller can’t handle over 25 minutes on the floor.

    Maybe just maybe we can sustain Gallinari’s loss. But either Ty has to heal or Fournier does a Jeremy Lin ‘ who is that guy ‘ impersonation . I think Nuggets get half credit on salary cap for Gallo’s salary if he’s out next year.

    Let’s see if the Kroenke’s use any of this for Brewer, Iggy or someone else. Gotta Google & see what RG3 tore. I hear he’s doing well.

    • googergieger

      Well his first back to back and he did get fouled a few times but still his defense was good and he had some really nice passes and did help push the pace for this team.

  • GIANLUCA

    :(

  • CJP32

    For me, I think GK needs to think about starting JHam at the 3 and leaving WC and CBrew on the bench. Assuming Ty returns for the Playoffs, then our bench remains strong. JHam only needs to play the first 4-5 minutes of each half, it means WC and CBrew play more minutes to cover Gallo’s loss – and either can score 20+ on any given night, but we need their energy, defense and offense with the 2nd unit. I love CBrew, but when he starts he tends to jack up too many shots. Minutes wise until Ty is back:

    PG – Miller – 30, Evan – 18
    SG – Iggy – 34, CBrew – 14
    SF – JHam – 12, CBrew – 16, WC – 20
    PF – Faried – 32, WC – 10, AR – 6
    C – KK – 20, McGee – 20, AR – 8

  • nedflan

    I disagree with your assessment of Koufos. His presence was made strongly known in the fourth quarter last night during the series of defensive stands that bought the Nuggets time to get it together and actually make a shot to take the lead. He had a couple dynamic blocks (that I strangely don’t see on your box score) that went a long way towards keeping the game within reach at the very end. His grade should be reassessed.

  • Zorba

    Even though no one is irreplaceable, with Gallo’s injury we are deprived of our ability to change pace abruptly, due to his adaptability in either small or big lineups. As a consequence our transition will be more foreseeable with irremediable effects, especially on the offensive end… I really hope I’m wrong but if we don’t find a remedy I’m afraid we can’t be very optimistic in the near future…

    • nugswin

      “Even though no one is irreplaceable, with Gallo’s injury we are deprived of our ability to change pace abruptly, due to his adaptability in either small or big lineups.”

      This is exactly right. It’s not just 20 points that he brings but being a long, 6′ 10″ guy who can defend the perimeter means he gives us versatility that no other team can match. Thus we can compete or win the matchup game against everybody else in the league (except Miami). That’s why we can be the 4th best team in the L without having a marquee, superstar player.

      Without Gallo we drop several notches in this department. We should still be able to get through the 1st round because Chandler and Iggy are also versatile but with Gallo out our shot at beating OKC or the Spurs has plummeted. :(

      But, who knows, maybe we get lucky and Fournier does a Jeremy Lin (like somebody upthread mentioned), or JaVale’s post up game just clicks, or any number of unlikely intangible things happens and we shock the world!

      I’m keeping my hopes up, it’s still been a great season.

  • Frank

    Man it is just now hitting me that Gallo is going to be out until probably the playoffs next year.

    (in the delivery of Clay Davis from The Wire)
    SHEEEEEEEEEEE-IIIIIIIIIIIIIIT

    Well, here’s wishing Gallo a speedy recovery and that he comes back stronger than ever. I was so bummed when Rose got hurt in the playoffs because he made Chicago one of the most exciting teams (they are my favorite team in the east, although I’m beginning to think that Brooklyn can give the Heat a good matchup with their all-world PG and all-star C). And this injury to Gallo feels the same but worse because it’s my team. It’s just such a downer to have a team of destiny be cut down by injuries like this.

    But the game must go on, and we will still win in Rd 1 as the 3 seed. I believe we will play inspired basketball the rest of the way out. I just don’t think our passion and heart, which is second to none, will be enough to beat an OKC-SA second Rd opponent.

    To fix the rotation, the obvious thing to do and what will happen is that Wilson Chandler will be our starting 3, playing all of Gallos minutes. Randolph, Brewer, and Fournier will absorb Chandlers backup minutes at PF and SF respectively. Personally I think Fournier will rise to the occasion as a ballhandler for the second unit. He’s got the vision to distribute the ball to the cutters and open shooters.

    The loss of Gallo will be most visible late in games in the second round of the playoffs. Where Chandler is being kept from getting into the paint, Andre Miller is being defended by a Sefolosha-Green type, Faried is unable to get hustle plays against a Duncan, and Lawson is being tentative. At those points, you will see how Fournier and/or Brewer is forced to create on their own in isolation, which they can do but not as effectively as Parker/Westbrook/Durant.

    • heykyleinsf

      hang on a second…

      RG3 had the same injury.. (or worse0
      and he is expected to open the season for the Redskins.

      We don’t even have an MRI back yet.
      Let’s wait and see..
      chances are still good that Gallo only misses part of
      the new season next year.. and is 100% by
      the new year. We could still have another run
      just like this.

      • Ryan

        Knee injuries can be a little bit dicier for basketball players than football players because they have to do so much more jumping and play multiple games per week (which puts much more force on the knee than running). That’s a major reason they point to regarding why Adrian Peterson was able to recover so quickly and Derek Rose has not… unless you subscribe to the conspiracy theory that Rose would only play this year if they made a major trade to help them compete against Miami.
        You are correct though, we don’t know exactly what’s wrong yet, so we can’t really speculate on how much time he’ll miss…

  • heykyleinsf

    Cool News about that win. ..

    Nuggets only need to win 3 of their next 6
    in order to have their best season in franchise
    history!!

    08/09 we won 54..
    we are at 52 with 6 games left!

    Already.. it’s looking like the best year ever..
    let’s not give up on these guys.

  • Arpadlaz

    Fournietion!!

  • ny nugs fan

    hated to see gallo go down especially because he was playing so well and you couldn’t help but pull for him

    hopefully it’s not as bad as it looked… either way, speedy recovery to gallinari

  • Mark from Charlotte

    Gallo my be gone for the rest of the season. Gk needs to play Hamilton, AR15, and E94. KK and J34 need to step up there game.

  • googergieger

    And just like that Kalen, Kiszla uses all the good will he got from last night and squanders it by going back to being the uninformed troll he is. He’s like Armond White, if Armond White didn’t do it on purpose.

  • Frank

    These comparisons to RG3 are misinformed and unwarranted. People do realize that RG3 tore his acl then proceeded to play more than half a game of NFL playoff football, right???!!!! Seeing as Gallo couldn’t stand on his own two feet, let alone get back on the court, saying things like “RG3 will be back, Gallo might come back soon” is 100% delusional.

    Word to the wise, optimists: most ACL tears are far worse than RG3’s and most humans are far less superhuman that All-Day. If you are confident that you’ll see Gallo on the court before next years’ playoffs, you’re kidding yourself and are in for a rude awakening.

    To stem the inevitable comments next training camp and next regular season hoping and wondering when Gallo will play, let me suggest that we all use Derrick Rose as the benchmark for Gallo’s recovery.

    • Ryan

      RG3 was playing with a torn LCL, which is less important in terms of knee stability than the ACL. He reaggravated the LCL injury when he landed early on in the game. Then, in the 4th quarter, he tore his ACL while reaching for that bad snap on the mudpile (or “field”, as they called it) they were playing on. Washington invested so much in a franchise QB, then can’t even pony up to have a decent field for a playoff game. Glad I’m not a Redskins fan…

      • Frank

        Ok well I stand corrected, but my point remains. This injury was bad. A year is the pragmatic timeline for recovery, and that is for normal movement, not NBA basketball. Next season starts in 7 months.

        The silver lining is that we are still good, the product on the court will still be exciting and enjoyable to watch. It’s just that without two of our best players, we are not championship contenders, which 2 weeks ago I would’ve said we definitely were.

        Its going to be fun seeing whether Wilson flourishes in a starting role the rest of the way and next season. And I’ve been loving Fournier’s play, even last night when he wasn’t making the shots, so it’ll be fun to watch him develop over the next year.

        It’s pretty impressive that we have two top players out and we still have a solid nine man rotation. Andre, Andre, Wilson, Faried, Koufos starting and Fournier, Brewer, Randolph, McGee off the bench.

        Plug and play and we’ll still be a fun competitive team. But they don’t make 6’10” ball handling shooters on an assembly line unfortunately, and if we win a championship with this core Gallo will be on the court.

        • Ryan

          I agree with you entirely, Gallo is probably done for the majority, if not all, of next season. Rose had a nearly identical injury and he isn’t back yet. Chandler will finally get the playing time he feels he deserves and hopefully him and Brewer can up their scoring to keep them competitive. I don’t think we have much of a chance against SA/OKC now though, even if we survive the first round…

  • Evan S

    Faried brings it every night. His “off nights” as you say only happen when he gets into foul trouble or when Karl benches him for better matchups.

  • Z

    dont worry Chandler wont start

  • Z

    but if he chandler did start at the 3 the nuggets wouldnt skip a beat with Ty healthy WCF with ease