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DENVER — After the debacle in Sacramento, the Celtics return against the No. 1 scoring team in the NBA and No. 3 field goal percentage, so the defense will be tested again and Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that will be the emphasis after giving up 120 points to the Kings on Friday.

Paul Pierce is in the lineup despite tweaking his right ankle during the fourth quarter while the rest of the Celtics are healthy. As for the Nuggets, JaVale McGee is not uniform because the trade with Washington has not been declared official by the NBA.




PG Rajon Rondo
SG Ray Allen
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
C Kevin Garnett

INACTIVE: Jermaine O’Neal, Chris Wilcox


PG Ty Lawson
SG Arron Afflalo
SF Danilo Gallinari
PF Kenneth Faried
C Timofey Mozgov

INACTIVE: JaVale McGee, Ronny Turiaf

OFFICIALS: Scott Foster, JT Orr, Gary Zielinski


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