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- The Nuggets get forward Danilo Gallinari and guard Andre Iguodala back in the lineup after missing the last two games. Gallinari was out with a sinus infection and Iguodala with a neck strain suffered in the triple-overtime loss at Boston on Feb. 10.
- Denver coach George Karl said he didn’t emphasize the loss to the Celtics in preparing for the game. “It’s always good to have a game where you can use the video and do a little tinkering but for me, these next three games getting back to our edge and playing our basketball, I didn’t want to overemphasize the Boston game,” Karl said. “Let’s go back to how we play well and play to heart.” Boston coach Doc Rivers likes having another game against a Western Conference team so quickly. “That’s kind of nice for both teams,” he said. “Less scout work for both teams.”
- The Celtics will try to slow down point guard Ty Lawson, who scored 29 against them nine days ago. Lawson was able to get to the basket, one reason the Nuggets held a 62-30 edge in points in the paint last game.
- Boston has signed forward Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract, but he wasn’t cleared to play against Denver. Williams, who went through the morning shootaround, was still waiting for a clearance letter from the team he played for in China, which hadn’t arrived before Rivers had to submit his lineup an hour before tip. “It hasn’t come through yet so we couldn’t put him on,” Rivers said of the letter. “I think we have to call China. It’ll happen when it happens.” Getting Williams active will help the Celtics, who had just 10 players active for Tuesday’s game.
– Michael Kelly