Woes pile up for injury-riddled Clippers as forward Danilo Gallinari out until January with torn glute muscle

LOS ANGELES — Danilo Gallinari will be out for the Los Angeles Clippers until at least January with a partial tear of his left glute muscle.

The team said on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) the forward from Italy will continue to rehab and be re-evaluated next month.

He missed 13 games with the strained left glute and returned briefly before sustaining a contusion to the glute muscle. Further examination revealed a partial tear.

Gallinari has averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 11 games in his first season with the Clippers. He scored a season-high 25 points in a win over Washington on Dec. 9.

Last season, Gallinari started 63 games for Denver, averaging 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He led the Nuggets in scoring and free throw percentage.

Also injured for the Clippers are Blake Griffin, Patrick Beverley and Wesley Johnson.

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