Hey, did you hear about Brandon Bass? Guy had himself a game last night, with 27 points (18 in the third quarter) on his way to leading the C's to a series-altering Game 5 victory.
His explosion was just what the doctor (Rivers and otherwise) ordered for this Celtics team. A non-member of the Big Four stepping up, taking control and lifting his Hall of Fame teammates to another level. It's crazy to expect anything close that production moving forward, but if Bass can just stay remotely consistent with his jumper (a problem early in the postseason), take it to the hoop when the opportunity arises, crash the boards and stay within his role on D, the Celtics will be better for it. Better than they they've been for the better part of this playoff run.
Anyway, Bass's 27 points were undoubtedly epic, but there was one time over these past five years, when a non-Big Four Celtic exploded for more.
With that, let's set the Box Score Bank for
May 6, 2009:
Barack Obama was less than six months into his presidency. Monster vs. Aliens was tops at the Box Office. The Black Eyed Peas' Boom Boom Pow was in the midst of its horrifying 11 week run as the No. 1 song in America. And over at the Garden
Eddie House was dropping 31 points on the Magic in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Final Score: Celtics 112, Magic 94
Craziest thing about House's 31 points? Not that he only hit four three pointers. Not that he also grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists (that's about as all-around as you get with EHouse). Nope. The craziest thing is that he only played 27 minutes.
31 points in 27 minutes.
Of course, the performance won't be as memorable as what happened with Bass because it came with Kevin Garnett in street clothes. The Celtics never had a shot that season. In fact, that didn't even make it out of the second round.
This year, with Garnett on another level and Bass by his side, they look poised to get at least that far. Unless they don't, in which case just forget that I wrote this.