Pierce, a 10-time All-Star, was not selected for the first time since his injury-detoured 2006-07 season. Pierce made five straight games starting in 2002, then made five more in a row from 2008-2012.
Struggling with his shot and leading Boston in minutes played, Pierce will get some much-deserved rest over All-Star weekend. Teammates Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett were fan-voted starters and are headed to Houston to represent the East.
An injury could always open the door for a commissioner-elected replacement, but given Boston's 20-21 record as the midseason exhibition approaches, Pierce's best chance was likely to sneak in through the coaches' vote.