No Big Three in Charlotte

Celtics forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett did not make the trip to Charlotte for Sunday's finale of a back-to-back-to-back against the Bobcats, according to the team.

With Ray Allen still out due to soreness in his right ankle (he'll miss his fourth straight game Sunday), the Celtics will have no members of their Big Three present. Garnett appears to have been a planned rest situation given the recent grind of games, while Pierce stubbed his toe during Saturday's win in New Jersey and the team is likely erring on the side of caution against a hapless opponent.

Greg Stiemsma and Mickael Pietrus are expected to jump into the starting lineup.

Garnett and Pierce will get plenty of rest before the team plays next Tuesday night in New York.