10 nuggets on Celtics vs. Nuggets
1. The Celtics are the only team in NBA history to have four players, each with at least 20,000 career points, play for them in one season: Shaquille O’Neal (28,425), Kevin Garnett (22,579), Ray Allen (21,280) and Paul Pierce (20,279). There are only three other current NBA players with that many points: Kobe Bryant (26,351), Dirk Nowitzki (21,634) and Tim Duncan (20,921).
3. The Celtics haven’t played since Sunday while Denver is playing for the second straight night (The Nuggets lost at Charlotte last night). During the 2010 calendar year, Boston is only 2–2 in home games in which it had the previous two days off against an opponent that played the day before. Under those circumstances, the Celtics lost to the Mavericks (January 18) and Hornets (March 31), and beat the Clippers (January 25) and Wizards (November 17).
5. Chauncey Billups, who played the first half of his first NBA season for the Celtics (51 games in 1997–98), has scored 13,747 points since then. It’s the most points scored by any NBA player for other teams after playing for Boston. Two other former Celtics scored at least 10,000 points for other teams: Joe Johnson (12,319 and counting) and Paul Westphal (11,173).
7. George Karl can become the seventh coach to win 1,000 NBA games. Four of the six coaches with at least 1,000 NBA victories won their first attempt at 1000. Only Pat Riley and Jerry Sloan failed to do so. Karl lost his first try at 1,000 Tuesday night vs. Charlotte.
9. George Karl hasn’t posted a losing record as a head coach since he was let go by the Golden State Warriors with a 16–48 mark in the middle of the 1987–88 season. Since then, Karl has guided teams to a .500-or-better record in each of his 18 seasons as an NBA head coach (entering this season). The only other NBA coaches with streaks of 18 or more consecutive non-losing seasons are Phil Jackson (19 in a row entering this season) and Pat Riley (18, 1981–82 through 2000–01).
10. Gary Forbes, who played college ball at UMass-Amherst, 95 miles west of Boston, is one of two Minutemen currently active in the NBA. The other is former Nugget, Marcus Camby, who’s the second-most famous player from the school that produced Julius Erving.
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