C's turn to lineup that made late-season charge

C's turn to lineup that made late-season charge
January 5, 2013, 12:38 am
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BOSTON The Boston Celtics will turn to a familiar lineup tonight as they try to get their season on track.

Doc Rivers will have Brandon Bass back in the starting lineup tonight which provides the C's with the same first unit that made a late charge last season that eventually catapulted the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals.

Bass will replace Jason Collins which means Kevin Garnett slides back to manning the center position. Paul Pierce remains at small forward while the backcourt will consist of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley.

"We want to stay as big as possible," said Rivers. "What we didn't like with Jason in the lineup now we're going to play him every night, is that when he and Kevin are off the floor we get small quickly. So this way we can keep a big on the floor at all times."

The move should also benefit Bass, who has struggled with his shot most of this season.

As a starter this season, Bass has shot 45.6 percent from the field compared to just 40 percent in games in which he came off the bench.

Rivers acknowledged that having the group that made a strong run towards the end of last season and into the playoffs was part of the decision.

And as far as it helping Bass get his shot back on track?

Yeah, that was a factor, too.

"You don't do it just for the group; you do it for the individual at times," Rivers said. "Brandon plays better when he's playing with Kevin, though everyone has for that matter. But clearly Brandon has and that's one of the reasons we're doing it."