The Celtics bench was dealt a crushing blow when the team announced that Brandon Bass would miss the next 10-14 days with inflammation in his right knee.
In this lockout driven condensed season, 14 days means the potential of missing at least 7 games, and that is if he returns exactly 14 days from Sunday.
Head coach Doc Rivers was kind of caught off guard when he learned that Bass would be shelved for the next few weeks.
“We knew his knee was bothering him, but then he got the treatment, and he missed that one game,” Rivers said. “There was nothing said after the Toronto game. Then Eddie called me this morning and told me he was out, and out for a while. That was a surprise.”
Bass is by far the number one reserve on the Celtics and the rest of the bench will need to pick up the slack in order to keep the momentum going. Chris Wilcox and rookie Jujuan Johnson played well against the Bulls Sunday and helped lesson the blow of the departed big man.
Bass came to the Celtics in a preseason trade that sent Glen Davis and Von Wafer to the Orlando Magic. In 25 games played as a member of the Celtics, Bass is averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, both represent career-highs.