*The Celtics have won their last four games when playing on at least 3 days rest.
*In their first 6 games since Rajon Rondo’s ACL injury, the Celtics shot nearly 50% from the field.
–However, the team’s field goal percentage has plummeted to worse than 40% over their last three games.
*Coming into Tuesday, the Nuggets have lost 3 consecutive games.
–The triple-overtime loss to the Celtics was the beginning of that losing streak.
*Both the Nuggets and Celtics have won their last 7 games at home.
–Unfortunately for Boston, this game is in Denver.
–The Nuggets have the 3rd-best home winning percentage among NBA teams this season.
–The Celtics are embarking on their season-long 5-game road trip.
*The Celtics’ 3 oldest players (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry) have played every game this season.
–The list of Celtics who have appeared in every game in 2012-13 (in order of oldest to youngest): Garnett, Pierce, Terry, Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green.
*Terry’s plus/minus of +94 in his last 10 games is tied for the 13th-best among all players in that span.
–The 3-man combination of Garnett, Green and Terry has the 16th-best plus/minus (+79) over the last 10 games.
*Kevin Garnett is currently averaging 15.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game
–Via ESPN Stats & Info: No player in Celtics history has averaged 16 PPG and 7 RPG for a season at the age of 36 or older.
–Garnett has averaged 17.7 PPG over his last 10 games. If he averages 17.7 PPG for the rest of the season, then he will hit the 16 PPG mark.
*Going into Sunday, Garnett had never been held scoreless and never played fewer than 7 minutes in an All-Star Game. Well, both of those things happened on Sunday: 0 points in 6:26 minutes played.
–His lowest All-Star scoring total going into Sunday: 2 points (2005-06).
–His lowest All-Star minute total: 7 minutes and 32 seconds (2 years ago).
*That was Garnett’s 12th time being voted to start the All-Star game in his career.
–He has 15 All-Star selections overall, which is just under 25% of the 62 NBA All-Star Games all-time.
–In addition, those 15 selections are tied with Kobe Bryant for the most among active players.
*Brandon Bass scored a game-high 14 points last Wednesday against the Bulls.
–That was the 1st time in the Kevin Garnett era (539 regular season & playoffs games) that the Celtics’ game-high scorer had 14 or fewer points.
*The Celtics have prevented their opponent from scoring 100 points in regulation in 11 of their last 12 games.
–They are 23-10 when holding teams below 100 points this season (5-14 otherwise).
*Ty Lawson joined some impressive company the last time he saw the Celtics.
–On February 10, he went for 29 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in the triple-overtime contest at TD Garden.
–Before Lawson, the last four players to reach those plateaus in a game against the Celtics were Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Garnett.
*Pierce has recorded at least 5 rebounds in 15 consecutive games, the 5th-longest streak of his career (including the playoffs). It is his 4th-longest regular season streak.
–Longest regular season streak: 18 straight games in 2004-05 and 2002.
–Longest overall streak (including playoffs): 23 straight games in 2005 and 2003.
*Recent Meetings: Celtics vs. Nuggets
–The Nuggets have a .500 winning percentage (5-5) against the Celtics since 2007-08, tied for the best overall winning percentage (including regular season and playoffs) vs. Boston in that span.
–On Tuesday, the Celtics hope to sweep the season series from the Nuggets for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
–The last time the Celtics faced the Nuggets, Denver outscored Boston by 32 in points in the paint (62 to 30).
–All-Time NBA Regular Season Games Played–
10. Moses Malone 1,329
11. Buck Williams 1,307
11. Kevin Garnett 1,307 (Garnett moves into sole possession of 11th place by playing Tuesday)
–All-Time NBA Steals–
15. Kobe Bryant 1,796
16. Magic Johnson 1,724
17. Kevin Garnett 1,722 (Garnett needs 2 to tie Magic for 16th place)
Boston, and all points beyond