C's without Bass as they try to lure in 4th straight win


C's without Bass as they try to lure in 4th straight win

BOSTON The injuries continue to pile up for the Boston Celtics.

Boston's super sub Brandon Bass (knee) will not play in today's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"It's accumulation of the games," said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. "It had some swelling in it. They're just going to sit him."

Without Bass, that means the C's will lean more heavily on Chris Wilcox and rookie JaJuan Johnson.

Wilcox told CSNNE.com that not having Bass won't change the way he approaches today's game.

"My role stays the same," Wilcox said. "I'm just got to go out and keep competing, playing hard. Nothing else changes with me."

It's unlikely that Bass' injury will sideline for too long a period of time. The 6-foot-8 forward has been a steady performer coming off the Celtics bench this season. In 22 games, he is averaging 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while playing a career-high 29.2 minutes per game.

The news wasn't totally bad on the injury front for the Celtics on Sunday. Jermaine O'Neal (right knee) was questionable for today's game after having an MRI performed on Saturday.

O'Neal told reporters before tip-off that he would play, and Rivers confirmed O'Neal would be in the starting lineup.

As far as the MRI results, Rivers said, "he's good to go, which is good."

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit. 

Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer. 

Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth. 

"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter

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