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But during crunch time, coach Doc Rivers went to Bass, and he likely would have done the same if O’Neal (who is probable for tonight’s game against New Jersey) had been available.

“That’s a good lineup,’’ Rivers said. “I love that lineup. That’s what we finished with because there are shooters galore, and it makes [RajonRondo very productive because there’s nowhere to help.’’

“The one thing we knew we were getting was energy,’’ Rivers said of Bass. “And we also knew we were getting a guy who could make shots.

“His energy’s been great. He still has to pick up schemes defensively. I think he can be a great defender. Right now, he’s just struggling with our schemes. So, we’ve just got to keep drilling him.’’

Globe – Bass fitting in nicely so far

I'm running out of compliments for Brandon Bass. The guy has done everything right. And his defense is sure to improve, once he picks up those schemes.

Bass is quick to give credit to his teammates:

"As of right now, I’m pleased with my teammates more than anything," he said. "If you have a great locker room, you’ll play well on the court."

"He’s an LSU boy," Garnett said. "We’ve dealt with a couple of LSU boys (Shaquille O’Neal and Davis) here. We know with them you’ve got to cater toward that ego a little bit. But he falls right in with us, man.

Let's give some credit to Glen Davis, too. His shooting percentage has inched up to 36%.

On Page 2, Doc's playing mind games with Avery Bradley.

The competition is equally tight, and maybe a little queasy, between Avery Bradley and E’Twaun Moore for backup guard minutes. Rivers poured gasoline on the embers last week when he said that the rookie Moore passed Bradley, who is in his second year.

And yet Bradley was Rivers’ first choice for that backup role in the last two games. Rivers said he simply went with his gut. But Bradley also needed some support, and Danny Ainge, a mentor to the young guard, provided it with a long courtside talk before last Friday’s home opener against Detroit.

“I think he’s a terrific player, and I believe in Avery,” said the Celtics president. “I’m sympathetic to it because I’ve been there. I’ve been a player with high expectations who didn’t play right away, and it’s very, very frustrating because you know you can play. He’ll get through it. Young players play small-minute roles, and their tendency is to do too much, and the tendency of a coach is to pull in the reins and not make mistakes. The leash gets much shorter. He’s going through that phase.”

Herald – Battle on at the point

Are Doc and Danny playing good cop/bad cop with Avery Bradley? Seems like it. It's Doc's job to point out the kids flaws, while Danny is there to build up his confidence.

I'm a bit concerned about Bradley's personality. He seems a bit timid. Maybe it's just the stoic facial expressions.

Related link: ESPN Boston – Bradley emerging behind defense

The rest of the links:

CSNNE – Rondo finds new locker mate, mentor in Dooling | Blakely's Power Rankings | CBS Sports – Nets/Celtics preview | ESPN Insider – What's next for Celtics/Mavs?

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  • I like Bass in there at the end too.
    Honestly I think Bradley just needs to see the ball go in the basket a few times.
    Really think he needs a couple games like he had against NY at the end of the season.
    ONce He realizes he can play it will start to fall into place.

  • I hope Bradley can start producing on the offensive end because he is something special on defense. He’s a bit hesitant heading to the basket and when he shoots it seems like he’s aiming instead of shooting if that makes sense.

  • I think he’s a terrific player, and I believe in Avery,” said the Celtics president. I don’t believe there is a player shooting 11% in the NBA but there is Avery. Good thing he is quite and doesn’t have off the court troubles. Give his minutes to Sasha he can shoot. by the way didn’t think Bass would be this good I was wrong WOW I like this guy. so even the great Jester00 can admit when he is wrong. Go Celtics, Avery as predicted Sucks Sucks Sucks. I could shoot 11% in the NBA. M. Bol, Moses Malone and Larry Huhges have a hire 3pt% then AB this guy just is awful.

  • New math … 11% = a -32 deferential when AB is on the floor, and the kid is not playing in garbage time.
    It should be mandated that AB never touch the ball, but I see the point of inserting him for defensive purposes against inferior competition if only to enhance whatever trade value he may have. A week ago Doc was moving on to E’twaun … now all of sudden Danny is building up AB in the media?
    Also strange that Sasha was taken out of the rotation although he played pretty well against Detroit. But I expect they would eat his contract in light of mid season trade or picking up a buyout contract and once Petrius is ready Sasha will be riding the pine for good.

  • your right said part is Sasha is way better then AB they should Sasha keep around around though because Q is made of glass