The Boston Herald reports:
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said this morning that because of the Celtics captain’s absence, he was also pondering a rest for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in tonight’s game against the Bobcats - a choice that would undoubtedly be unpopular with Bobcats ticket holders.
Detroit coach Flip Saunders drew considerable flak for holding Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace out of a game earlier this week.
UPDATE: Looks like it's official :
Celtics Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen will get tonight's game against the Bobcats off to get rest. Boston's magic number, a combination of its wins and Detroit losses, is down to one to get home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that whether Garnett, Pierce, or Allen play in remaining regular-season games will be decided on a game-to-game basis. Rivers not only would like to get the All-Stars rest during the rest of the regular-season, he also would like to get his bench more minutes before the playoffs.