BOSTON -- The explanation behind Brandon Bass' early-season struggles is a simple one, ironic considering how complicated they were for him to break through.
"I was thinking about too much," he said. "It's definitely mind over matter."
Instead of playing loose and letting the game come to him, he over-analyzed on the court. The veteran forward battled with inconsistency, and his numbers reflected his ups and downs.
Bass' points per game fluctuated from 9.5 ppg in November to 6.1 in December, 6.3 in January to 8.7 in February, eventually steadily increasing to 9.3 in March and 14.7 heading into Sunday's game in April.
Now just two weeks from the playoffs, Bass is clicking on the floor. He has scored 10+ points in 12 of his last 15 games, including four straight with 13 points or more.
On Sunday, he posted a game-high 20 points in the Boston Celtics 107-96 win over the Washington Wizards.
"You know he's comfortable in everything he's doing," said Paul Pierce. "The thing about Brandon is we don't run a lot of plays, but he seems to always be in the right spots, available, taking advantage of his opportunities to move the ball. And that's what you're seeing."
Bass credited his teammates for finding him with open looks. Head coach Doc Rivers credited him in return.
"9-for-12, he's just efficient," said Rivers. "You still want him to rebound -- we want the whole team to rebound more -- but overall I think he's playing terrific. I think he's in a wonderful place now."
This isn't the first time in his career Bass has struggled with over-thinking, he said. He knew all along it was a problem he would have to resolve on his own.
Bass is still working on his consistency, aware it will only help the Celtics in the postseason.
"It only hinders you when you think," he said. "You want to be out there reacting. I learned on myself by going through games and struggling. I realized to just go out there and play. And it's still a process. I've just got to think less."