Pierce (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 116-102 win over the Celtics on Monday. Since making a spot start in the final appearance of his career in Boston back on Feb. 5, Pierce has returned to the bench and isn't being included in coach Doc Rivers' rotation. Expect that to remain the case the rest of the way, though Pierce could make some ceremonial appearances in the final few games of the regular season as a final sendoff before the playoffs get underway.
Pierce will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Clippers. Pierce, who's set to retire after the season, was moved into the starting lineup on Sunday against the Celtics, as it was his last game in Boston, where he played the bulk of his career. He ended up seeing just five minutes and in moving to the bench, likely won't see the floor unless injuries occur higher up in the depth chart. Look for the Clippers to go with a three-guard lineup again, giving Raymond Felton another opportunity to join the top unit.
Pierce will start at small forward in Sunday's game against the Celtics, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports. Coach Doc Rivers was expected to find minutes one way or another for Pierce, who hasn't made an appearance since Dec. 31, during the final game of his career in Boston, but the starting assignment is somewhat of a surprise. It's expected that Pierce will replace Raymond Felton in the lineup, but even so, it's unlikely the 39-year-old will take on starter-level minutes following the month-long layoff from game action. Pierce has seen 20-plus minutes in only one of his 12 appearances this season and is averaging 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Pierce is expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Celtics, in what figures to be the final appearance of his career in Boston, Brian Robb of The Boston Globe reports. Pierce, who announced in September that he will retire after the 2016-17 season, hasn't made an appearance for the Clippers since Dec. 31, a stretch of 14 games where he's failed to get off the bench in coach's decisions. However, look for coach Doc Rivers to make room for the veteran in the rotation for at least a brief spurt Sunday so the fans in Boston -- where he spent his first 15 seasons of what's likely a Hall of Fame career -- can give him a final sendoff. Pierce figures to drop back out of the Clippers rotation in the second half of the back-to-back set Monday against the Raptors.
Pierce will move to the bench Monday against Phoenix. The Clippers are electing to go small Monday by having Raymond Felton, J.J. Redick, and Austin Rivers start. Despite the demotion, Pierce still could see around his average of roughly 12 minutes per game against the Suns.
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