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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).

Drellich: Dave Dombrowski, at last, built an excellent bullpen

Drellich: Dave Dombrowski, at last, built an excellent bullpen

BOSTON — Congratulations, Dave Dombrowski. It’s September, and you built a certified, top-notch bullpen. 

Credit goes all around. The pitchers themselves receive the most, with the front office, John Farrell and the rest of the staff taking their slices as well.

But the success is particularly notable for an executive who perennially had terrible bullpens in Detroit. Dombrowski knows the reputation he garnered, too.

Maybe now he’ll start to shed it.

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The trouble in his old job wasn’t for lack of trying. Joe Nathan didn’t work out. Many folks didn’t.

“I think that there’s a few factors there,” Dombrowski said in 2016 of his bullpens in Detroit. “At one time we had (Jose) Valverde (from 2010-13 who) was the best closer for a couple years. (Joaquin) Benoit pitched very well as a set-up guy. We had a very solid bullpen at that point.

“We were unlucky a little bit in, for example, a guy like Joel Zumaya — who was a dominant guy, young — hurts his arm. Somebody you’re counting on. . . . Really (Bruce) Rondon never lived up to the early expectations. I know he’s still young, he’s doing better. So we got a little unlucky on those things. He got hurt too.”

So it goes. Per FanGraphs’ measurement of WAR, the Tigers had the worst bullpen in the majors from 2003-15, Dombrowski’s tenure.

The Sox’ bullpen is fifth in WAR this year, and second in ERA. Last year’s group was good, but not this good. 

One of Dombrowski’s premier pick-ups in Boston, Addison Reed, has a common refrain when asked about his own pitching: he doesn’t change a thing. 

When Reed got rocked in one of his early outings with the Red Sox, against the Yankees, he said he didn’t change. When he got in and out of trouble in the eighth inning Monday night in another extra-inning win for the Red Sox, 10-8 over the Orioles in 11, he said he didn’t change.

Same for Dombrowski, it would seem. 

He continued to go after established relievers. There was the huge trade for Craig Kimbrel. Carson Smith took a while to contribute because of arm injuries, but he had the 11th-inning save Monday, and his velocity appeared to be creeping up. 

The Tyler Thornburg situation was troubling, so Dombrowski went out and got Reed from the Mets.

Could Dombrowski have had success sooner if he had changed his approach? Well, maybe, but that’s a different argument.

It’s worked. He didn’t change a thing. 

How cliche. But cliches, we should point out, have become a central theme in all these extra-inning wins for the Sox (they're 14-3). Grit, resiliency, determination — you run the risk of drowning on those words, even if they’re well deserved.

Those relievers, though. Both throughout the season and in these marathon games the Sox too often seek, the ‘pen has been unexpectedly excellent, with a rotating cast of characters.

“It’d be nice if we started winning those games in nine and not going extras,” Reed joked, with a presumed kernel of truth. “If it takes 19, 20 innings to get that win, we’ll take it.”

The roles for the postseason are still up in the air, which is strange for a ‘pen that’s been so successful. But at the same time, it suggest an equal distribution of success (and at times, challenges).

The bottom line: Dombo did it, with his relievers making him look smart.

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