Bass doesn't start, but finishes with 'big plays'


Bass doesn't start, but finishes with 'big plays'

BOSTON -- Bass over Sullinger? Sullinger over Bass? The debate of who should start at power forward for the Boston Celtics has been discussed since training camp.
The controversy is unusual for the Celtics, given that Sullinger is a 20-year-old rookie and Bass is a 27-year-old veteran in his eighth NBA season (second with the C's). Head coach Doc Rivers has experimented with different lineups, giving both players the nod in two of the team's first four games.
On Wednesday night, though, it wasn't about who started but rather who finished. Rivers turned to Bass down the stretch as the Celtics needed an extra five minutes to close out the feisty Washington Wizards, 100-94, in overtime.
"Brandon played huge for us," said Kevin Garnett.
Bass played a total of 33 minutes in the Celtics victory, including the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter (minus the last 10 seconds) and all of overtime. With the game tied at 92 points apiece, Bass drew a foul, made one free throw, and connected for a layup and fastbreak dunk over the span of two minutes to spark a 5-0 Celtics run.
"He was aggressive," said Rajon Rondo. "He didn't force any of his shots. He drove to the basket, drove strong and hard, got fouled, got a couple layups, and made some big plays for us."
Bass finished the game with 11 points and seven rebounds. He remained modest when talking about his performance, focused on constantly improving to help the Celtics.
"I basically just wanted to bring a whole lot of energy and rebound the ball to the best of my ability," said Bass, adding, "I just think that's how I'm going to be at my best, when I'm out there reacting and defending with a whole lot of energy. That's what I tried to do tonight."

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak


Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches. 

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season


Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:


"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.



* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.



1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.