The Boston Celtics have played surprisingly well since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season.
They were stunningly awful without Paul Pierce for the first time in 2012-13.
Pierce should be back on Wednesday night when the Celtics try to win their 10th straight at home and 10th in a row overall versus the Toronto Raptors.
After the Celtics' five-game winning streak ended with Sunday's 91-79 loss at Oklahoma City, coach Doc Rivers decided on the flight to Charlotte to rest Pierce on Tuesday instead of Kevin Garnett or Jason Terry as Boston (34-29) finished a stretch of nine of 11 on the road. Without their leading scorer, the Celtics were routed 100-74 by the league-worst Bobcats.
Boston scored 28 second-half points and finished with a season-low 27 field goals.
"What I was thinking was that I wish I would have given Kevin (Garnett) a night off too, in the middle of the game," said Rivers, whose team fell to 14-6 since Rondo suffered a season-ending torn ACL. "That would ...