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Nets coach Kidd confirms Pierce and Garnett won’t play preseason game in Boston

Oct 19, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett AP

The Nets face the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday in what is one of two remaining preseason games on the team’s schedule. But Jason Kidd won’t be using it to get a look at some of his better lineups in action a week before the regular season begins, because two of his starters will be sitting this one out.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett won’t play against the Celtics, Kidd confirmed to reporters on Saturday.

We’ve known this to be the case for a while now; Pierce specifically has said he wouldn’t be attending this particular game, opting instead to wait for the full-blown regular season tribute he’ll receive from the Boston faithful during a game that counts.

Pierce played all 15 of his NBA seasons with the Celtics before this one, and ranks near the top of the storied franchise’s all-time lists in almost all relevant offensive statistical categories. He and Garnett were traded this summer after management determined it was no longer possible to compete for a title with Pierce and Garnett as the featured players.

Garnett only played the last six years in Boston, after 12 years as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. But honestly, his days in Minnesota seem like a lifetime ago. Garnett changed the defensive culture of the Celtics the moment he got to town, and his Defensive Player of the Year campaign in 2008 was the primary reason the Celtics won a title that season.

The return of both players is sure to be an emotional one, but it won’t be happening for a few more months. The Nets play the Celtics in Boston for the first time this season on January 26.

  1. basketballgod87 - Oct 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Thats good wait to the season start to have a homecoming game

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    That’s pretty weak. I can see garnett wussing out, but I’m surprised Pierce would.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Way to not get it. It’s the right call. It’s not about “wussing” out, it’s about allowing the Celtics to welcome them back the right way.

      I will be there on January 26th. If the cheers Kendrick Perkins received are any indication, TD will be ready to beat the Chiefs sound record.

      • basketballgod87 - Oct 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM


    • kb2408 - Oct 19, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      You do realize these “games” don’t matter, right? They both will be making the trip to Boston when it matters.

  3. flyingvien - Oct 19, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    They should swear at him the same as he does on the court. You know, as a tribute.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Even I had to laugh at that.

  4. Klassick9 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Reblogged this on Fast Lane Reports and commented:
    Two of my favorites player sitting out against Boston. I think they should play it would make the game more interesting.

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