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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 27: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at the Smoothie King Center on October 27, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

  • Sunday came with a touch more clarity on the Danilo Gallinari injury front, as the Italian national team has announced that the 34-year-old suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee.

    Gallinari suffered the injury (which looked straight-up disastrous) in Saturday’s FIBA World Cup win over Georgia, and it came with the 6-foot-10 forward going down without any sort of contact.

  • Initial fears out of the Italian camp hinted at this being a severe injury (potentially as bad a torn ACL), but those fears were quickly put to rest by Italian team doctors, who noted that Gallinari’s ACL was indeed intact following the exit from action.

    (Gallinari had already gone through one ACL injury in his left knee, and the surgery to repair cost him the entire 2013-14 season with the Denver Nuggets.)

  • The injury does mean that Gallinari’s summer of international play is over, as he will not return for the tournament, and will not participate in EuroBasket.

    That confirmation came from Gallinari’s official Instagram account on Sunday.

  • As for what it all means for Gallinari’s first season in Boston, that will come down to the recovery procedure (if any) Gallinari opts for ahead of the 2022-23 season.

    If the injury sounds familiar, it’s because it’s exactly what happened to C’s center Robert Williams III leading up to the 2022 postseason. Williams III ultimately opted for a minor surgical procedure, and was back in action in about a month’s time, albeit at less than 100 percent and on an obvious minutes restriction for large chunks of the Green’s run to the 2023 NBA Finals.

    If surgery is the recommendation, the timeline is obviously longer, and will see Gallinari almost certainly miss some regular season contests with Boston.

    But given the timing of this injury, it could be a simple rest-and-recovery approach that works for Gallinari and the Celtics leading up to next month’s training camp.

    A 13-year NBA veteran, Gallinari is coming to the Celtics after a 2021-22 season that featured 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, along with a 43.4 field goal percentage (38.1 percentage from three-point range), in 66 games for the Atlanta Hawks.