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Boston coach Doc Rivers gives Paul Pierce the night off against the Charlotte Bobcats

Boston coach Doc Rivers says he plans to rest Paul Pierce when the Celtics face the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

The decision to sit the 35-year-old Pierce comes with Boston preparing for its ninth road game in the last 11 games.

Jeff Green gets the start against the NBA-worst Bobcats (13-50).

Rivers says he pondered sitting Pierce, Garnett or Jason Terry while on the flight to Charlotte from Oklahoma City. He chose Pierce.

Rivers laughed when he said "I don't get a lot of kickback right now when I say I'm sitting one of them."