Pregame: Pierce (rest) out vs. Bobcats
Pierce started the first 62 games of the season, but Rivers has expressed a desire to get all of his veterans as much rest as he can find before the postseason arrives. Center Kevin Garnett got an offday in Phoenix late last month, missing his first game of the year, and now Pierce gets the front end of a back-to-back off in Charlotte.
Jeff Green took Pierce's spot in the starting lineup.
Rivers says he pondered sitting Pierce, Garnett or Jason Terry while on the flight to Charlotte from Oklahoma City. He chose Pierce.
Rivers laughed when he said "I don’t get a lot of kickback right now when I say I'm sitting one of them."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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