April 4th, 2013 You can make the argument that, along with the Denver Nuggets dashed playoff run hopes, that date marks a significant change in history for than just a single player.
Indeed it altered the course of an entire franchise.
With the Denver Nuggets, Gallinari shot 38.9 percent from beyond the three-point line. When asked where the Clippers’ frontcourt–comprised of himself, Griffin, and Jordan–rank, Gallinari did not hesitate. When the Clippers play teams known for playing small-ball lineups–like the Golden State Warriors–Griffin might play a significant amount at the center position, which will shift Gallinari over to power forward.
At 6-foot-10, he’s more than capable of making the move.
Although Gallinari has struggled with injuries in the past, he’s coming off a relatively healthy season with the Denver Nuggets, who acquired the Italian in the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks.
That player has not been the same player since and quite frankly neither has the team.
Danilo Gallinari’s ACL injury against the Dallas Mavericks that day still reverberates in every subsequent action that has happened since.
Such a lineup would give Doc Rivers greater flexibility and athleticism to run up and down the court with faster paced teams.
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