Bass needs to return to double-digit scoring form

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Bass needs to return to double-digit scoring form

ATLANTA This is what happens when you have a season like the one Brandon Bass has had for the Boston Celtics.

This town is big on tradition, obviously.

So if you go a full season notching double-figure scoring night after double-figure scoring night the way Bass did, guess what?

You're expected to continue doing that and then some when the playoffs arrive.

Bass has appeared in 59 regular season games, tallying double-figure points 44 times.

Only Paul Pierce (56) and Kevin Garnett (54) have more games with 10 or more points scored than Bass.

Right now, Bass has failed to reach double figures scoring in four straight games the longest single-digit scoring stretch he's had as a Celtic.

Worried? Concerned? Frustrated?

None of the above, says Bass.

"It's not frustrating," Bass told CSNNE.com. "It's time for me to make my adjustments. It's just a game. I just have to make mine, and we'll go from there."

Bass said the Hawks have done a lot of switching on pick-and-rolls which has cut down on the number of open looks he's used to getting.

Head coach Doc Rivers believes Bass' recent struggles are two-fold.

"His mind is alive, which is never good," Rivers told CSNNE.com. "He's just gotta play. We showed him (video) . . . he's open. He's pump-faking; just shoot it."

Bass scored eight points in each of the first two playoff games, which extended his streak of single-digit scoring games to four in a row.

He'll be the first to tell you that he has to bring more to the game, even if it's not necessarily as a scorer.

"I just have to find a way to get more involved in the game earlier," Bass said. "Blocking shots or something, rebounding, get everybody else involved if they're going to try and take me out of scoring."

Rivers also believes that Bass' struggles at times have to do with not having Rajon Rondo on the floor.

"Not having Rondo does a lot of things," Rivers said. "The single guy it affects the most is Brandon, by far. Because Rondo's the guy that makes the passes on the picks and pops (to Bass). And Brandon has struggled in the games that Rondo hasn't played in."

However, the numbers show that Bass' play isn't all that off the mark in games in which Rondo isn't playing.

Of the 14 games Rondo has missed this season, Bass has played in 12 of them.

In those 12 games, he has averaged 12.5 points per game.

This season?

Bass averaged 12.5 points per game.

And as far as him shooting the ball, Bass has shot 47.7 percent without Rondo, and 47.9 percent with him.

With or without Rondo, the facts remain the same.

Bass needs to play better and bring the same kind of consistent mid-range shooting touch to the playoffs that he displayed during most of the regular season.

"I'm not worried about it," Bass said. "Like I said, they've made adjustments to my game. Now it's my turn to do the same."

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

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Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

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Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

By Kurt Helin, NBC Pro Basketball Talk

This is a sad and stunning development.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, the rookie guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, has died, the Dallas, Texas, County Coroner has confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune broke the news.

Dejean-Jones was just 23.

The coroner’s office would not give a cause of death, but Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had the tragic detail.