Bass rebounds in C's win over Timberwolves

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Bass rebounds in C's win over Timberwolves

BOSTON Two fouls in the first quarter wasn't quite the start that Brandon Bass was looking for against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It didn't matter.
Bass' ability to rebound, literally and figuratively, was more important as the Celtics -- behind a strong third quarter from Bass -- defeated the Timberwolves 104-94.
All five of Boston's starters tallied double digits scoring, with Bass seemingly the least likely after a horrible first half in which he was plagued by foul trouble.
But the 6-foot-8 forward bounced back with 12 points -- 10 of which came in the third quarter -- to go along with eight rebounds.
"Right place, right time," said Bass who was part of a Celtics unit that outscored Minnesota 32-21 in the third.
But as disappointed as Bass was in his play early on, he was just as determined to turn things around in the second half.
His mindset at that point was pretty simple.
"Just keep playing, keep grinding, keep working," Bass said. "Things will work out."
One by one, the ball kept winding up in Bass' hands in the third and one after another, he knocked down shots -- all five of his third-quarter shots, actually.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers has a number of sermon-like messages he gives to his team throughout the course of a season. Among them is giving one's self to the team, something that Rivers was told former Celtic and current Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins was discussing recently.
"When you do that, it's amazing how many good things happen," Rivers said. "Just go and play your game, play hard and kind of get lost in execution. Good things happen, and I thought that was Brandon in the second half."
Scoring has never been an issue for Bass, whose mid-range game on pick-and-pop plays is among the best on the roster.
But he's starting to become more of a force on the boards, something the Celtics needed desperately against Minnesota which came into Wednesday's game as one of the best in the NBA.
"We know we've been struggling with that (rebounding) in the past," said Bass who is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game which is tied for second on the C's with Paul Pierce. "We want to improve on that."

Wojnarowski: C's, Pacers talking Nets pick for George

Wojnarowski: C's, Pacers talking Nets pick for George

Often times reporting something can shake something loose from another source. That might have been the case Thursday morning. 

Just eight minutes after Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Celtics and Pacers were not in advanced discussions on Paul George because of Boston’s unwillingness to deal the Nets’ 2017 first-round pick, he sent a follow-up saying sources had indicated that the pick was indeed in play. 

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season. 

O'Connor: Zizic would go top-10 in 2017 draft

O'Connor: Zizic would go top-10 in 2017 draft

It seems the Celtics can throw yet another piece onto their treasure trove of assets. 

The Celtics stashed two of their first-round picks from the 2016 draft overseas and in the process have seen 23rd overall pick Ante Zizic establish himself as a very promising NBA prospect. 

The Croatian center, currently playing in the Turkish League, has boosted his stock with a strong season in what’s expected to be his last before joining the Celtics. Appearing on Toucher and Rich Thursday morning, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor said that Zizic has improved to the point that he would be a top-10 pick in the 2017 draft. “He looks really good,” O’Connor said. “I liked him last year when I first watched him. I thought, ‘Good energy big man. He’ll have a solid career,’ but then the more you watch him, the more you see. 

“This year, he’s really taken a step forward. All his strengths look better. All the things he was already good at like screening, rebounding and rim-protection, he looks better. But he’s also starting to flash a little bit of a mid-range jumper, and he’s never had bad mechanics, but now that shot’s starting to fall. So maybe he can be more than that energy big man. Maybe he’s a little bit more dynamic than that. 

“If I’m the Celtics, I value him as you’re getting a top-10 pick this yea. I think he’d go around nine or 10 in this draft.”