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

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

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."

Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

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Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

PHOENIX (AP) -- A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players and a van collided Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities said.

The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said.

"All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said in an email.

Dalrymple said the bus was only carrying members of the franchise's staff but would not say how many. There were no players on board.

Mickey Spagnola, a columnist for the team's website, has been writing for the past week about traveling on a Cowboys bus with a driver, the team mascot and videographer. On his Twitter page, Spagnola tweeted before 2 p.m. that the bus was 80 miles outside of Vegas.

The two vehicles collided in the afternoon on U.S. 93, about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman or 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, according to DPS.

The crash shut down at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The bus was on its way to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, said the session with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3 p.m. PDT. People were already waiting when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. The event was subsequently canceled. Cooper says the team mascot was supposed to appear.

After the Las Vegas stop, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the team's training camp. Members of the organization typically take a bus two weeks before the camp starts and make stops along the way.