Updated: December 4, 2009, 1:31 AM ET

Legler Previews Celtics vs. Spurs

Thursday Game Notes

By Elias Sports Bureau

• Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili are all expected to play when the Spurs host the Celtics tonight. The Spurs' own version of the Big Three have all played in fewer than half of San Antonio's games over the past two seasons (48 of 97). The Spurs have a 314-114 (.734) record when Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili have all played, compared to a 102-59 (.634) mark when one or more of them has been out of the lineup during that same period.

• Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, the respective third and fifth picks in the 2003 NBA draft, are the headliners when the Nuggets host the Heat tonight. Only two No. 3 picks -- Michael Jordan (14,016) and Dominique Wilkins (12,458) -- outscored Anthony (10,768) when compared over their first six seasons in the league. The only No. 5 pick to score more points over his first six seasons than Wade (9,922) was Charles Barkley (10,605).


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