Rivers decides to give Pierce a night off
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."
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