Bass puts Lopez on a poster
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Bass is what we like to call big-boned. The Boston Celtics forward preceded Glen “Big Baby” Davis at LSU and with the thick body meant for banging in NBA low posts.
Meet the big bones, Brook Lopez.
Bass’ emphatic dunk Wednesday night wasn’t a punctuation mark on a victory, as the Nets won 101-93. But there’s more at stake here than wins and losses. The Celtics are making the playoffs, almost certainly with the No. 2 seed, almost certainly to face the streaking New York Knicks in the first round.
And they have their big man back.
It’s been a tough season for Bass, who signed a big contract extension this offseason but might have been able to get more money on the open market after a strong postseason. His scoring average has dropped from 12.5 points a game to 8.5, and Jeff Green has taken many of his minutes.
But Bass seemed to find his groove when Kevin Garnett went down in the last week of March, and he’s kepth his rhythm since Garnett returned. He has averaged 12.8 points over his past 10 games, showing off his skill around the paint and on his midrange jump shot.
Bass finished with 10 points to Lopez’s 21, so we know who the nightly winner was. But the dunk was impressive, and Bass’ improvement gives the Celtics hope for the postseason.… [For more on Brandon Bass puts Brook Lopez on a poster, click here.]