Maybe Brandon Bass has found some inner peace with new holistic medicine, or maybe he’s just replaying the words of Crash Davis over and over in his head the past three or so weeks. Because the over thinking that he said was going on in between his ears for most of the season seems to be gone, and the player that made the Celtics move on from Glen “Big Baby” Davis looks to be returning with the second season on the horizon. Bass was the most efficient C’s scorer on a night that the band got back together, posting a game-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in a 107-96 victory over the Washington Wizards last night at the Garden. He sounded like a guy who was more relieved to be playing well. And with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce back in the lineup, his opportunities are only going to go up with defenses forced to focus elsewhere. “(It’s) just being clutter-free mentally,” Bass said. “You just try not to think so much and just go out there and play and give it maximum effort. “You want to play well. Being that you want to play well, over thinking gets in the way some times.” The scoring barrage can now be considered a real trend, as he has posted double figures in points in 12 of his last 15 games. Bass has shot the ball at a 56.2 percent clip in that stretch, up 11 percent from the 62 previous games. The Celtics unveiled a fresh starting lineup with Garnett, Pierce, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and Bass for the first time this year, and being a fourth or fifth option might not be a bad thing with that kind of scoring on the floor.
Brandon Bass stops thinking, starts scoring more
Boston Herald | Apr 8