Boston Celtics: 10 Nuggets
2. LeBron James needs 21 more points to reach the 2,000 mark in the postseason in his career. James is 25 years, 128 days old today. Only one player will have reached the 2,000-point mark in the postseason at a younger age than James. Kobe Bryant scored his 2,000th point in the postseason on May 7, 2003 at the age of 24 years and 257 days old.
4. This is the 25th time that the No. 1 seed is opposing the No. 4 seed from the same conference in a postseason series since the NBA instituted the current playoff format in 1983-84. The No. 4 seed won only one of the previous 24 series: Dallas over San Antonio in 2006.
6. Rajon Rondo shot 5-for-10 from the field and registered 19 assists in Boston's Game 2 victory. Over the last 15 playoff seasons, only two other players have had at least 19 assists while shooting 50+ percent from the field on 10-or-more attempts in the same game: John Stockton in 1996 (19 assists, 5-for-10) and Jason Kidd in 2007 (19 assists, 7-for-14).
8. Mo Williams is 0-for-7 from 3-point range in this series. That is the most 3-point field-goal attempts without a make for any player in the 2010 conference semifinals.
9. The Celtics have won each of their last 18 post-season home games in which they have had a lead at halftime. That is the longest current streak in the league... The Celtics are 3-3 in best-`of-seven series in which they split the first two games on the road.
10. This is the 12th time the Celtics have reached the conference semifinals since the NBA instituted the current playoff format in 1983-84 season. That is tied with New York and Chicago for the second highest total among Eastern Conference teams behind Detroit (13).
2. Gregg Popovich boasts a 10-2 (.833) career record on the road against the Celtics. That is the highest career road winning percentage (minimum 10 games) against Boston for any head coach in NBA history, followed by Phil Jackson (19-8, .704) and Flip Saunders (10-5, .667).
4. Tim Duncan has scored 20 or more points in each of his last five games played at the TD Garden. That is tied with Dwyane Wade for the second-longest current streak in this arena behind LeBron James (seven).
5. Michael Finley has appeared in 11 games for the Celtics this season after playing in 25 games for the Spurs at the start of the season. Only two other players have appeared in a game for theses two franchises in the same season: Frankie Sanders (1978-79) and Tony Massenburg (1991-92).
7. Kevin Garnett has recorded 1,508 steals and 1,785 blocked shots in his career. Since the NBA began tracking steals and blocked shots in 1973-74, only one other player has recorded 1,500 in each category during the regular season: Hakeem Olajuwon (2,162 steals; 3,830 blocks).
8. Rasheed Wallace is shooting only 39.2 percent from the field in home games this season. Only three players have a lower field-goal percentage (minimum 250 field-goal attempts) at home than Wallace: Ronald Murray (.364), Richard Hamilton (.373) and Carlos Delfino (.390).
10. Doc Rivers finished his playing career with a 138-game stint with the Spurs during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Four other players who appeared in over 100 games with the Spurs in the NBA have gone on to become a head coach in the league: Vinny Del Negro (433 games), Avery Johnson (644), Allan Bristow (238) and Terry Porter (220).
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