Bass quietly, effectively going about his game

Bass quietly, effectively going about his game
March 28, 2013, 3:30 pm
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BOSTON — There was a jubilation about the Boston Celtics locker room following Wednesday's win over Cleveland, the kind you would expect after snapping a five-game losing skid.

Brandon Bass, one of the last to leave the locker room, spoke openly about his happiness for Jeff Green who had the game-winning shot and what the victory meant for the Celtics as they try to push towards another strong playoff run.

But lost in the shuffle on this night was the play of Bass who continues to be an important but often overlooked cog in this Celtics machine.

He was vintage Bass against the Cavs as he knocked down a slew of mid-range jumpers. But he also showcased a new tool in his bag of tricks, relying on his quickness off the dribble to beat bigger - and slower - defenders while driving to the basket for scores as well.

The two sides of Bass joined forces for a season-high 22 points, the kind of performance that should have brought the 6-foot-8 big man lots of attention. And there he sat inside the locker room, just a few ball boys cleaning up.

Strong games while remaining relatively obscure is OK with Bass  who has never been one to seek the limelight. Instead, he's more consumed with just improving as a player which he believes will only serve him and the Celtics well going forward.

Part of that improvement involves taking the words spoken to him often by head coach Doc Rivers and not just listening to them, but executing them on a more consistent basis.

Rivers has been on Bass to improve his rebounding, defense, running the floor ... you name it, and Rivers wants more of it from Bass.

Bass understands while it may not always be what he or any player wants to hear, he understands the big picture. It's about finding a way to be successful as a team, and Bass knows his play - even if it might be under the radar compared to some teammates - is part of that equation.

And that play on some nights may involve him being a bigger part of the offense. Others, he may be needed to step up defensively or be a bigger contributor on the boards.

He has to become Swiss-knife like in his approach to games, a role he didn't necessarily envision himself having at this point in his NBA career.

"I think that's what I've been molded into," Bass told "Players think you are this person. But in reality, you might be different or the team needs you to be different, to win. I just have to be the best utility guy I can be, that's all."

And with that, Bass finishes getting dressed, heads to the team bus amid no fanfare, but a win nonetheless ... just the way he likes it.