Brandon Bass had a solid game as usual last night in the Boston Celtics opening night loss to the Miami Heat. Bass was a man amongst boys for most of the games and had a double-double in the losing effort. He started in a lineup that included Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett.
There had been rumblings lately that Bass might be a better fit in the second unit, and he still very well could end up in that rotation, but last night was the type of match-up where he had to start. Jeff Green was a much better fit coming off the bench to help Pierce guard Lebron James.
As we have mentioned earlier this off-season, Bass is a great fit for what the Celtics do. He excels in two areas. He is a great outside shooter for a guy his size and allows the team to space the floor at a very high level. Not many teams have a power forward that can shoot like he can so it is definitely an advantage that the Celtics will continue to exploit.
Bass is also a great offensive rebounder and is really the only reliable threat the Celtics have on the offensive glass. Rondo is a good offensive rebounder when he wants to be, but he is mostly on the perimeter helping to facilitate the offense.
It is unclear exactly what his role will be for the remainder of the season in terms of whether he will start or come off the bench, but either way Bass will play a lot of minutes and will provide the team with good, solid play going forward.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18