|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM|
Celtics forward Brandon Bass said after Tuesday's 97-92 victory over the Houston Rockets that he expects to play in Wednesday's tilt against the Philadelphia 76ers after he rolled his right ankle early in the first quarter. Bass headed to the locker room with team trainer Ed Lacerte at the 8:18 mark of the first quarter to get re-taped, but didn't re-emerge until the 9:00 mark of the second frame -- a span that lasted approximately 27 minutes in real time and prompted everyone to wonder if something more serious had occurred, including coach Doc Rivers.
"Honestly, [Bass] told me the tape was too tight. But there's no way that was what it was, because that's the longest tape job of all time," Rivers said afterward. "I was actually getting really upset, because I was under the understanding that he was just going back [to get re-taped], and after like 15 minutes, I'm thinking, 'Oh my goodness, what kind of tape job is this?' So, it probably was the ankle. I didn't ask. Eddie just came out and said he could go back in. But I'm sure it had to be something else."
Since Bass has returned. The Celtics have enjoyed a five game winning streak. Bass has added a scoring punch that the Celtics, so desperatley needed in his abscence. Bass has fixed the knee issue, and now he has a nagging ankle injury. The Celtics will be in trouble without Bass. I don't even want to think about it.