The Denver Nuggets began the night without three starters and a backup. They ended it by watching rising star forward Danilo Gallinari hobble out of the Pepsi Center on crutches in a walking boot after a dispiriting 99-90 loss to the Houston Rockets.
''Nervous. Nervous that I'm going to be out for a while,'' Gallinari said of his reaction to getting hurt in the third quarter, when he stepped on a defender and badly twisted his left ankle.
X-rays revealed a chip fracture of the foot.
''I was surprised,'' said Gallinari, who will get further medical tests Tuesday to confirm the diagnosis.
''Hopefully, I can recover fast,'' Gallinari said.
Gallinari, who recently signed a four-year, $42 million deal that makes him the cornerstone of Denver's young nucleus, said the doctors and trainers didn't give him any indication about how long he might be sidelined.
''I have some more scans tomorrow and they will tell me more tomorrow,'' he said as he made his way slowly to the players parkin...