BOSTON If you're going to play with these Boston Celtics, there's one essential must-have that you need: thick skin.
Because at some point, they're going to get on you about something.
Brandon Bass experienced that earlier this season as he struggled at times grasping the C's defensive concepts.
He got more of the same leading up to Sunday's blowout win over Philadelphia, just 24 hours after Bass literally missed every shot he took in Boston's victory at Indiana on Saturday. In the C's 86-72 win at Indiana, Bass had two points while missing all six of his shots from the field.
During the team's shoot-around on Sunday, the C's were going over a play when Rivers told Bass, 'you'll be open.'
"And the whole team said, 'if he can make a shot,'" Rivers recalled. "So you have to have thick skin."
And a short memory, because Bass showed no signs of worry about Saturday night's struggles shooting the ball would snowball into another rough night.
He was one of the C's best players in Sunday's 103-79 win, scoring 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
"Night like last night, I think it happens once a year," Bass said. "You know what I mean? Since I got that out of the way, I can move in the right direction."
Bass' teammates weren't surprised that he was able to bounce back so quickly.
"He doesn't lack confidence," said C's Captain Paul Pierce. "He plays within the flow of the offense. A lot of things we do involve him picking and popping, getting to a spot, driving to the hole he knows he can knock those shots down. He had a tough night (Saturday night), but when you get the win you don't think about it. He was able to bounce back and have an outstanding game (against Philadelphia)."
Bass said he did modify his preparation for Sunday's game.
"I did a little less preparation," he said. "Sometimes I'll be overdoing it with my workout before the game, but I cut back a little bit today and it paid off for me."
And he hopes to continue having strong games shooting the ball, well aware that if he doesn't he'll hear about it.
"This is the life around here," said a grinning Bass. "If you shoot the ball terrible around here, you'll hear it, starting with Doc; Doc let me hear it. He was like, 'you gonna make one tonight?' I told him, 'that's the plan.'"
But the chatter is just as prevalent on nights like Sunday when Bass seemed like he wasn't going to miss.
"Everybody let me know, 'way to play' KG always the first one to tell me, (Rajon) Rondo or Doc. Everybody's excited to see me play well."