Gallinari said it was not out of the question that he’ll be available for Tuesday night’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs, holders of the NBA’s best record (29-4).
“I think I will play. We were not talking about that after the game, because right now I still have the adrenaline going, and a lot of pain goes down when you have the adrenaline going,” Gallinari said. “It was not feeling the feelings you feel when you break something.”
If Gallinari can’t play, what will coach D’Antoni do? The obvious tweak in the starting lineup might be to give major minutes to Ronny Turiaf, which would shift Amar’e Stoudemire and Wilson Chandler to the forward spots. Shawne Williams or Bill Walker seems the most logical to be inserted in lieu of Gallo, since both play the SF position. The former is shooting unbelievably well in minor minutes, and the latter has shown to be highly efficient in the past.
Longer odds are on Mozgov starting (so Turiaf can still come off the bench) or Anthony Randolph actually finding his way onto the court. With a high quality team next on the schedule, it’s likely that D’Antoni will stick with Turiaf, a touch of Williams, and give an extra heavy dose of minutes to his usual rotation .