Danilo Gallinari left Saturday's FIBA World Cup qualifier with a left knee injury

Danilo Gallinari left Saturday's FIBA World Cup qualifier with a left knee injury

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The Boston Celtics veteran grabbed his knee after a bounce pass in Brescia, Italy.

He staggered to the sideline while play continued, gripping the back of his knee.

He needed assistance getting to the dressing room, so a staff member and a teammate helped him.

Postgame, team captain Luigi Datome verified Gallinari's knee MRI.

Gallinari, 34, joined the Celtics on July 12 via a mid-level exception and will help them reach the NBA Finals.

"Right now, basketball conversation is difficult. Something trumps everything.

 Italy coach said: They all revere Gallo since he's the best Italian basketball player ever.

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Gallinari's scoring average dropped from 13.3 to 11.7 in two seasons with the Hawks

but he's been a durable player for five clubs in his 12-year NBA career.

Gallinari, a 2008 first-round choice of the Knicks, has also played for the Nuggets, Clippers, and Thunder.