Good, Bad & The Ugly: Bass finale?

Good, Bad & The Ugly: Bass finale?
February 20, 2014, 1:30 am
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Brandon Bass scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in what may have been his final game with the Celtics.

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PHOENIX — Brandon Bass is acutely aware that his name has been among the more widely discussed on the trade rumor mill among Celtics players.

Well if Wednesday against Phoenix was his last as a member of the Celtics, Bass certainly went out in impressive fashion.

His play was among the more impressive performances in Boston's 100-94 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Bass shared team-high scoring honors of 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting, with Rajon Rondo. He also grabbed eight rebounds, which tied Jared Sullinger for team-high honors.

The 6-foot-8 forward was especially impressive at the start of the third quarter when the Celtics opened with a 16-4 run that included eight points by Bass.

However, the strong play from Bass didn't last.

After he scored with 8:12 to play in the third, Bass did not score again for the rest of the game.

A big part of Bass' success had to do with him and Rajon Rondo running a two-man game that gave the Suns major problems.

Then the Celtics inexplicably stopped doing what was working which opened the door for Phoenix to get back into the game.

"We just went away from it," said Bass, who added, "try to get other players going, try to get Jeff [Green] going and things like that; that's all."

Still, Bass did more than enough to remind folks that he can be an effective player for just about any team, in any role he's asked to play.

Still, it remains to be seen if Bass will continue to have that opportunity as a member of the Celtics.

Although the trade speculation has not impacted his play, Bass admits he'll be glad when the deadline comes and goes today at 3 p.m.

"Really, you just gotta take care of what you can take care of, control what you can control and let the powers that be take care of those things," Bass said. "My job is to get better everyday and help this team win anyway possible."

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Boston's loss to the Suns.


The Good

Rajon Rondo

The Celtics point guard continues to flirt with his first triple-double of the season, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

The Bad

Bench play

The domino effect of having Gerald Wallace start with Avery Bradley (ankle) still out, can be seen in the struggles Boston's bench seems to have playing with some semblance of consistency. The Celtics' second unit scored just 21 points on Wednesday. Suns forward Markieff Morris had 18 by himself as Phoenix got 37 points from its second unit.

The Ugly

Transition defense

Phoenix has a way of making everyone's transition defense look bad, but the Celtics were exceptionally awful in allowing the Suns a staggering 30 fast-break points while scoring a measly eight of their own.

"They're the top team in fastbreak points and they showed it tonight," Rondo said.