Brandon Bass suffered an injury in Thursday’s preseason game, tweaking the same knee that troubled him last year. Since the game was a preseason contest, the Celtics took the necessary precautions and didn’t put Bass back in the game following the minor injury.
Doc Rivers was unclear as to the severity of the injury, but commented they “just couldn’t take any chances.” The knee was said to be “aggravated,” and with Jared Sullinger looking like a possible starting candidate, it’s possible that the C’s give Bass the necessary rest to make sure it doesn’t worsen.
With the added depth from the Darko Milicic signing and the emergence of Sullinger, there’s no reason to rush Bass back this early in the season. Expect caution to be exercised, but it does leave the rotation one man short obviously. It’s still possible that Rivers adjusts the lineup by playing Kevin Garnett at power forward while starting Milicic, especially if he feels Sullinger may need time to adjust before assuming a starting role.