CHARLOTTE, N.C. — How bad are the (really bad) Charlotte Bobcats? Oh, they’ve only lost 10 straight games by an average margin of 21.5 points. Oh, they’ve only had an 18-game losing streak this season. Oh, they’ve only lost 45 of their last 51 games since winning 7 of their first 12 to open the season.
I could go on and on, but despite how terribly terrible the Bobcats are, they still defeated the Celtics when these teams last played here, 94-91. Granted, the Celtics were playing on the second night of a back-to-back and had just played a triple-overtime game, but still ….
The Celtics also lost Leandro Barbosa to a season-ending knee injury in that game.
Paul Pierce won’t play against the Bobcats. He’s sitting out his first game of the season simply to rest, Doc Rivers said. Jeff Green will start in his place.
The Celtics are on the front end of a back-to-back and play Toronto Wednesday at TD Garden.
BOSTON CELTICS (34-28)
PG Avery Bradley
SG Courtney Lee
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Kevin Garnett
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (13-50)
PG Kemba Walker
SG Gerald Henderson
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF Josh McRoberts
C Bismack Biyombo
Officials: Ed Malloy, Brent Barnaky, David Guthrie
TV, radio: 7 p.m, Comcast Sportsnet, WEEI (93.7FM)
• Jeff Green has averaged 14.3 points in the last 19 games after averaging 9.6 his first 43. Boston’s record during those first 43 games: 23-20. Its record in the last 19: 14-5.
• Byron Mullens torched the Celtics in the last meeting by posting 25 points and 18 rebounds. He has had a sore knee and is listed as day-to-day but is expected to play.
• Paul Pierce is 10 points from passing Charles Barkley for 20th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 23,758.
And here are some more notes from the Celtics morning shootaround.