6:17 AM EDT, Fri March 27, 2015

Brad Stevens deserves Coach of Year votes

Most coaches would have waved a white flag trailing by double digits with 46 seconds to play, but that's not how Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens operates. Armed with a couple timeouts and his whiteboard, Stevens did everything in his power to help his team rally on Wednesday night and Boston clawed within four before Oklahoma City closed out a 122-118 triumph that snapped the Celtics' five-game win streak. One of the plays Stevens drew up during that sequence was designed to get veteran power forward Brandon Bass an open look from beyond the 3-point arc.

Bass razes some eye Brows

Whenever members of the Boston Celtics are probed with questions like, "Who is the strongest player on the team?" or "Who would you least like to meet in a dark alley?" the answer almost always come back as Brandon Bass. The 29-year-old Bass might be the quietest and most polite player on the roster, but he's got a mean streak on the court and his strength allows him to joust with players that are bigger or more athletic than him. On Friday night in New Orleans, with friends and family members sprinkled throughout the crowd at Smoothie King Center, Bass quietly did everything he could to...

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