Bass, Wilcox to return vs. Cavaliers

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Bass, Wilcox to return vs. Cavaliers

CLEVELAND Those double-teams of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have seen the past couple of weeks?

They're not likely to see them as often now that Boston Celtics have Brandon Bass back in the fold.

The 6-foot-8 forward will make his return to the floor tonight against Cleveland after missing the previous six games due to swelling in his left knee.

Bass went through a full Celtics practice on Monday.

"Practice was cool," Bass said. "It felt good to be out there."

He added that he didn't feel any pain, but would need to work on improving his conditioning, having not played since Feb. 10 at Toronto.

The Celtics will also have Chris Wilcox available.

Wilcox suffered a groin injury against Dallas on Feb. 22, and was unable to play at Oklahoma City two nights later.

While both certainly can help the C's, it is Bass' return that has the potential to bolster a Celtics offense that has been surprisingly among the worst in the NBA.

Boston is averaging 89.6 points per game, which ranks 26th in the NBA.

And while Bass' 11.6 points per game will certainly help, often it is his presence on the floor that helps just as much.

"He spreads the floor," Rivers said. "When you have Kevin and Brandon out for any stretch, it's very difficult offensively."

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.