- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Boston Celtics announced Thursday that neither Paul Pierce nor Kevin Garnett will play in Friday's visit to the Miami Heat.
Both players traveled with the team Thursday for this brief two-game road trip, but neither will dress for the first night of a back-to-back in Miami due to sore ankles. Garnett sat out eight games due to left ankle inflammation before playing the last two contests for Boston; Pierce has missed two games recently due to sore ankles.
The Celtics are 0-3 in the three games that Pierce has missed this season.
Given that both Garnett and Pierce traveled to Miami, it's likely they could both be back in the lineup for Saturday's game in Orlando. The team officially lists them as day-to-day.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers lamented a need to rest bodies, but Boston appears resigned to settling for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and will rest players as much as possible.
"I don’t love being in that situation, honestly, I’d love not to be, but that’s the situation we’re in," Rivers said after Wednesday's loss to the Nets.
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