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Celts’ Gallinari tears meniscus playing for Italy

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

The Italian team didn’t disclose a timetable for Gallinari’s recovery but said he’d miss next month’s EuroBasket tournament.

Gallinari grabbed his knee following a bounce pass in the lane while playing against Georgia in Brescia, Italy. He hobbled to the sideline, holding the trunk of the knee as trainers rushed to his aid, before limping to the locker room by using an employee member and a teammate.

“It’s tough to speak about basketball after what what we saw eventually Danilo,” Italy captain Luigi Datome said following the team’s 91-84 win. “We wish him, needless to say, the very best.”

Gallinari, 34, signed with the Celtics on July 12 via the midlevel exception and was counted on for depth as Boston looks to come back to the NBA Finals.

A first-round draft pick of the NY Knicks in 2008, Gallinari has averaged 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in his career while also playing for the Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks.

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