With the Celtics already having clinched a playoff spot, Celtics coach Doc Rivers decided to leave Garnett and Pierce in the New York area after Saturday night's game against the Nets. The Celtics have a game Tuesday night at New York. Ray Allen, who is nursing a sore right ankle, wasn't expected to play and didn't make the trip either.
Bobcats coach Paul Silas says he doesn't blame Rivers for the decision, saying, "I'd do the same thing if I were in his situation."
The Bobcats are 7-51 this season and have lost 15 straight games.