Celtics' Bass gets his yoga on

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Celtics' Bass gets his yoga on

Brandon Bass isnt afraid of breaking a sweat in the yoga studio.

The Boston Celtics power forward has been taking bikram yoga classes for the past three years. His nutritionist recommended the exercise, in which a room is heated to over 100 degrees, while he was playing for the Orlando Magic.

Bass he has stuck with it since joining the Celtics. He credited yoga for helping him to bounce back from knee injuries last season.

I go twice a week for 90 minutes, he told CSNNE.com. I find that its good for lengthening, strengthening, and balance. My nutritionist got me into it. I thought he was crazy because it was hard very hard my first time. But its a mental thing so I just got used to it and now its easy.

Now in his eighth NBA season, the 27-year-old is mindful of how he takes care of his body, which includes carefully selecting the foods he consumes. Bass pregame meals consist of either sweet potatoes or pasta The best slow-burning carbs, he explained and he also drinks fruit or vegetable blend drinks.

Some of the vegetable drinks I dont like, but I get used to it, he said. Its a lifestyle for me. I dont really eat for taste anymore. When youre eating healthy, you cant possibly be eating for taste.

Bass entered this season weighing 250 pounds, down from 265 in last years training camp. A Louisiana native, he has to resist temptation when he returns in the offseason.

Its absolutely hard because when I go back home I have family that wants to cook for me, soul food, he said. I cheat my diet sometimes red beans and rice, cornbread, red velvet cake, pound cake sometimes. I didnt splurge much though.

Bass dedication to staying fit and agile on the court is paying off. He is averaging 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 29.7 minutes this season. Bass ranks third on the Celtics in total rebounds (51) and leads the squad in offensive boards (18 of the teams total 61).

Celtics miss an opportunity in first half with LeBron in foul trouble

Celtics miss an opportunity in first half with LeBron in foul trouble

CLEVELAND – There are 240 minutes of play in an NBA game, but Boston’s 112-99 Game 4 loss to Cleveland came down to seven (six minutes and 46 seconds to be precise).

That would be the amount of time left in the second quarter that LeBron James spent on the bench with four personal fouls (a first for him in the first half of an NBA playoff game ever) and Boston ahead by 10 points.

Boston could not have asked for a better scenario than that, especially considering how well they had played up to that point in the game and again, knowing that James wasn’t about to set foot back on the court until the third quarter.

But here’s the problem.

Boston’s 10-point lead when James left with four fouls.

Halftime rolled around and Boston’s lead was still at just 10 points.

Celtics players agreed that not finding a way to increase their lead with James out was among the more pivotal stretches of play in Game 4.

“They did a really good job of not letting it (the 10-point lead) get out of control while he was on the bench,” Boston’s Marcus Smart told CSNNE.com. “Every time we scored, they came back and scored.  They answered back with everything we answered.”

While many will point to that stretch as a time when the Celtics failed to make the necessary adjustments to increase their chances of winning, it wasn’t as if the Cavs are a one-man team.

“They still have two All-Stars out on the court,” said Boston’s head coach Brad Stevens, referring to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. “With the best player in the world they go to unreal, but they’re still a pretty darned good team when those guys are out there.”

Irving had a playoff career-high 42 points which included him scoring 12 of Cleveland’s 14 points in the final 6:46 of the second with James on the bench.

“He’s one of the best point guards in the NBA, and you know, you can tell he puts in a lot of work in his game, a lot of respect from myself, my teammates,” said Avery Bradley. “We have to do a better job at defending him as a unit, trying to make everything hard on him. He definitely got a great rhythm going tonight, and I felt like we had a chance to make it harder on him.”

James still finished with a strong stat line for the night – 34 points, six assists, five rebounds and a blocked shot.

As good as he was on the court, the Celtics have to be kicking themselves for not doing more with the time James on the bench in the second quarter which in hindsight, was among the bigger factors in them now returning home facing elimination as opposed to being tied at two games apiece in this series.

“What are you going to do?” said Cleveland’s Kevin Love. “You have to continue to fight through it. At halftime, we were down 10. We made some adjustments on the defensive end and we just fought; we needed to. They got everything out of us tonight in that second half, but we played more inspired basketball as well.”