In the Bonus: Bass getting boost from Rondo

In the Bonus: Bass getting boost from Rondo
February 7, 2014, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON — You're starting to hear more and more about how the return of Rajon Rondo provides a boost to the play of the Boston Celtics.

Nobody is singing the praise of Rondo's return more than Brandon Bass.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has emphasized the benefits of Rondo getting back on the floor, to the entire team.

But even he acknowledges that there has been a noticeable bump upwards in the play of Bass now that Rondo is back.

"There's a long term relationship there," Stevens said of Rondo and Bass. "They play together well. Specifically, you see the last two games, he's gotten the ball to Bass where he can be successful."

With Rondo, Bass' scoring average has improved slightly to 12.3, from 10.8 without him.

But the biggest changes can be seen in Bass' shooting numbers.

Without Rondo, he was shooting 38.5 percent on mid-range jumpers. Since Rondo's return, he's connecting on 62.5 percent of those shots. He has also seen a bump in his field goal shooting in the paint with Rondo (58.1) compared to 50.7 percent without the four-time All-Star.

"Playing with Rondo is great," Bass told "Who wouldn't want to play with a passer like that? He's always looking to get you the ball where you can be your best as a scorer. That's great having a guy like that on your team. Every team would love to have a guy like Rondo. We're lucky to have him."