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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Pierce left off All-Star reserves

By Chris Forsberg

AP Photo/Charles KrupaPaul Pierce can get some more rest during All-Star weekend.
BOSTON -- For only the second time in the past 12 seasons, Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce was not elected an All-Star reserve in voting by NBA head coaches.

The Eastern Conference's seven reserve spots went to Miami's Chris Bosh, New York's Tyson Chandler, Indiana's Paul George, Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, and Chicago's Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.

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.

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