ALBANY, N.Y. — Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will be held out of the Celtics’ exhibition game against the New York Knicks Saturday night, according to coach Doc Rivers.
Garnett will play against Philadelphia in the Celtics’ final preseason contest at the TD Garden Sunday, but the status of Pierce, who twisted an ankle in the Celtics’ 115-85 win over Brooklyn Thursday, has not been determined.
Brandon Bass (knee) and Darko Milicic (wrist) also were set to miss Saturday’s game but are scheduled to return against Philadelphia. Recently-signed guard Leandro Barbosa will join the team in Boston and could be available, pending physical examination results, Rivers said.
“We wanted Darko to play but we will give (the wrist) one more day,” Rivers said before the team’s morning shootaround. “If it was a regular-season game, Brandon would play. And we’ll see tomorrow with Paul.”