Garnett, Pierce don’t go to Charlotte

Boston Celtics stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce did not make the trip to Charlotte, N.C., and will not play in Sunday night’s game against the Bobcats.

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 New Jersey 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 and that ”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.