In the Bonus: Bass looking to stay hot vs. Heat
In the Bonus
If the Celtics are to beat the Heat tonight in Miami, they'll need to be firing on all cylinders. We've got some numbers here that show what's been going right for the Green, and what they could be doing better.
BASS REELING IN POINTS
Brandon Bass' scoring average is up by five points (from 8.7 to 13.7) compared to last season, but it's not just because he's taking more shots. He's getting easier scores by posting up opponents or driving into the paint which has accounted for the up-tick in the percentage of dunks and lay-ups (33.3 percent) he takes now versus last season (23.4).
LEE-VING IT UP
The jump-shot has been the jumping off point for Courtney Lee. He's shooting 48.3 percent this season on jumpers, up from 39.5 a year ago. And on top of that, his overall shooting percentage is at a career-high level of 54.1 percent.
NEW BUDDIES FOR BRADLEY
If you hear Avery Bradley humming War's "Why can't we be friends," here's why. One of his buddies from last season, the three-point shot, doesn't want to play nice with him now. So Bradley, now a 14.3 percent three-point shooter compared to 31.7 a year ago, isn't shooting the three-ball as much. Instead he's relying more on mid-range jumpers and baskets in the paint to generate offense.