Western Conference teams are no match for dime-droppin' Brandon Bass-led Celtics

OK, so there is a hint of sarcasm in the title.  But consider this: Before Thursday night the Celtics had lost 23 straight road games vs. Western Conference opponents.  Now they've won two in row.  The last time Boston got road victories on consecutive days against West teams was in Houston and Dallas on March 19-20, 2010.

So what's changed?  Brad Stevens inserted Brandon Bass into the starting lineup.  The Celtics are undefeated since.

On Thursday in Portland Bass played 31 minutes, posting 13 points, 10 rebounds, one block, one steal and a career-high five assists.  In Denver on Friday he logged 35 minutes while putting up 17 points, nine rebounds, a block, three steals--and once again a career-best five assists.

Granted both teams were missing key players and Denver kind of stinks anyways, but this is still a very surprising development.  As far as I can tell it's a win-win for the Celtics, who at 15-26 are somehow just two games out of the playoffs.  While there's very little chance of that actually happening, at least Bass' trade value should be headed in the right direction.

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