Good, Bad & The Ugly: Farewell, Lee & Bass?

Good, Bad & The Ugly: Farewell, Lee & Bass?
December 19, 2013, 12:15 am
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BOSTON — Wednesday night was like any other game for Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee.

Both were among the first on the floor to get shots up, working on the moves that they would attempt just a few hours later.

Still, this was not a normal game day for them, not with trade talks heating up between Boston and Houston involving the veterans, along with a first-round pick, being shipped out for Omer Asik.

To their credit, they didn't seem to allow the trade chatter to impact their play in Boston's 107-106 loss.

Each shot 4-for-6 from the field with Bass scoring 11 points and Lee chipping in with 10 (all in the fourth quarter) off the bench.

While the particulars of the deal are still being ironed out, it appears that this deal will go through.

After the loss, Lee said he had not been told about being traded by the Celtics.

"I was taking my game day nap and my homeboy [Houston forward] Chandler Parsons hit me up," Lee told "He said, 'you heard the news?' I was like, 'what?' He said, 'you might be coming here.' That was the first I heard about it."

Lee wouldn't be the first player traded to not find out until the absolute last minute, and surely won't be the last.

To their credit, both he and Bass were among the more positive performers in Boston's loss.

And with that, we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Wednesday night:

The Good

Jared Sullinger

He missed what would have been the tying free throw in the last minute, but this game would not have been that close if not for his play in the fourth quarter. He finished with a solid 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting, which included six points in the fourth quarter.

The Bad

Avery Bradley

When you look at his final stat line - 14 points, 5-for-11 shooting - it doesn't look that bad. More telling as to the kind of night Bradley was having could be found in the numbers put up by Detroit's Brandon Jennings, who led all players with 28 points to go with 14 assists. Jennings made some tough shots over Bradley, but he also managed to get free more often than most shooters while guarded by the defensive specialist and that, more than anything else, was why Jennings had such a monster game.

The Ugly


It was a big deal when Detroit blew them out earlier this season, and it was just as huge a factor on Wednesday night. Boston turned the ball over 18 times, which led to a whopping 30 of Detroit's points.

When the two met on Nov. 3, Boston turned it over 24 times which led to 21 points for the Pistons.

And while you certainly have to give Detroit's defense credit for some of Boston's miscues, a large chunk of the Celtics' turnovers were self-inflicted mishaps.

"30 points off of turnovers is not going to do you much good," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "We got out-played for 36 minutes. And in a 48-minute game, that's usually a bad sign."