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Brandon Bass grows into role

With Kevin Garnett out, Celtics forward taking charge on defense

Updated: April 4, 2013, 2:06 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was about to scold one of his big men for being caught out of position on a defensive rotation, but before he could get the words out, the typically reserved Brandon Bass upbraided his teammate.

Rivers' scowl quickly became a smile.

"It's great, he was upset at someone early in the game because they were in the wrong position and I was thinking, 'Wow, that's really new," Rivers said. "And that's really nice. That's good, so maybe it's ...

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