Celtics captain Paul Pierce did not accompany the team to Minnesota for the second night of a back-to-back and will sit out Monday's game against the Timberwolves, according to the team.
The team classified Pierce's absence as being for personal reasons. Coach Doc Rivers had strongly hinted after Sunday's loss in New York that Pierce, who iced a sore right ankle on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Knicks, would not play in Minnesota.
Celtics center Kevin Garnett remains out due to left ankle inflammation.
This is the second game that Pierce has missed this season, also sitting out a game in Charlotte last month.