A torn ACL has kept Celtics forward Danilo Gallinari on the shelf since August.

But the 34-year-old forward is still holding out hope that he contribute on the court for the Celtics this season.

“My mindset is that I want to play, and that I’m going to play at the end of the season,” Gallinari told The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “I want to play in the playoffs. So that’s the mindset that helps me every day get better and motivates me even more.”