Pregame notes: Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl talks about Boston Celtics, Ty Lawson

Jared Wickerham

Before tonight's game against the Celtics, Karl spoke with the media to address what has been going on since the All Star break.

Karl on All Star break:

"I think it's important. I think the players would wear out if you didn't have a break; I personally, would recommend two breaks. You need to get away from it for awhile."

Karl on Faried shooting threes:

"He can shoot it if he wants, but he better make it."

Karl on points in the paint vs. Celtics and Celtics perimeter scoring:

"We held them to 94 points; it wasn't a classy defensive game. We were inconsistent in some areas ... 94, I'd probably take 94 tonight. They are a very good defensive team. They are one of the best transition defensive teams in the NBA, in my opinion. They have [Kevin] Garnett and their two guards coming at your very aggressively defensively. They come off the bench with two good scorers in [Jason] Terry and [Jeff] Green, who -- other than [Paul] Pierce and Garnett -- Terry and Green are the key to the game [for Boston]."

Karl on playing Celtics so soon after recent loss in Boston:

"It's always good to have a game where you can use the video and do a little tinkering. It sounds kind of like an excuse a little bit, but these next three games -- just getting back to having our edge and playing our basketball -- I don't want to overemphasize the Boston game as much as: let's get back to how we play well."

Can Lawson have success against Avery Bradley again?

"Avery Bradley is trying to build himself as a defensive player. Ty has got to understand that he is going to have a guy that can stay in front of him better than most, but we're going to give [Lawson] a lot of opportunity to exploit what he can. Ty's playing as good as he's playing all year and maybe as good as he's played in his career."

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