Bass still doing his thing for Celtics

Bass still doing his thing for Celtics
February 3, 2014, 10:00 am
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BOSTON - To say that there's been roster turnover for the Celtics over the past year would be the understatement of the year.

The team look completely different than it did at the end of last season.

But one guy who has survived the trades - for now, anyways - is Brandon Bass.

This is Bass' third season with the Celtics, and C's fans pretty much know what they're going to get. He can hit the jump shot with the best of the bigs, he's not the greatest defender around, but he's had success in manning up opposing teams' star players at times.

But Bass also has something that many of his teammates don't have: lots of playing time with Rajon Rondo. They work well together, and we've seen them find success in the pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop game quite often.

Bass scored 19 points on Sunday on 9-15 shooting from the field. Four of those baskets were assisted by Rondo. Bass was asked if the two have picked up right where they left off.

“I definitely think so," Bass said. "I'm comfortable in the pick and roll with Rondo and he's definitely comfortable with me. I think he made plays for everybody tonight.”

Bass got off to a hot start for the C's on Sunday, scoring nine points in the first quarter. That stood out to head coach Brad Stevens.

"I thought Brandon was huge tonight . . . Brandon was just really locked in, and I ended up saying that to [assistant coach] Jay Larranaga in about the first or second minute of the game," Stevens said. "You could see he was locked in from the get go. That's what you need those guys to be for us to be successful, and I was happy for him because he played well."

Coming out strong in the first quarter was something Bass made a point to do.

“Yea, I wanted to be aggressive," Bass said. "When we struggle we kind of lack a good starting first quarter. So I wanted to attack early.”

Bass started out hot and finished hot. He drained two big jump shots in the closing minutes of the game to keep the Magic from completing a comeback, and then blocked a shot in the final seconds of the game.

There's been a lot of trade chatter surrounding Brandon Bass. He's a player who can help any playoff contender, and his contract is pretty manageable to take on.

The Celtics would be interested in trading him due to the fact that he has another year left on his deal next season, and the C's are in the business of clearing cap space.

With games like Sunday's, the probability that a team to comes fishing for Bass increases.