Brandon Bass was working on his post moves with Celtics GM Danny Ainge about 20 minutes before practice was to begin on Thursday.
Bass is coming off one of his best games in recent memory: 12 points (4-7 from the field), four rebounds, two assists, and three steals in the Celtics' 99-81 win over the Kings.
Is it a coincidence that it came in a game that didn't involve Jared Sullinger and Rajon Rondo? That depends on who you ask.
"I just think Brandon played well last night," Doc Rivers said. "I don't think we need to give it much thought. He made the same shots he was missing three games ago. I just think what Brandon is doing now, he's not thinking about missing shots or that he's not playing well or not getting the same touches or whatever that stupid crap is. He just made shots, and I think that's basketball. It's that simple."
Bass didn't have to think about "not getting the same touches or whatever that stupid crap is" because, well, he was getting touches. According to him, there were times this year where the ball wasn't coming his way.
"Yeah, man. There were times [I wasn't getting the ball]," Bass said. "You watched the games. There were times where I didn't get it. But I didn't want to let that dictate my game."
Except it has. According to 82games.com, while 76-percent of Bass's total field goal attempts are jump shots - the same percentage as last season - his percentage of made jump shots has gone from 46.3 percent last season down to 41.0 percent this season.
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