BOSTON -- His name dancing in trade rumors all day and with many wondering if this could be his final game in a Boston Celtics uniform, it seemed appropriate that Brandon Bass had the ball in his hands with a chance to win the game in the closing moments on Wednesday night.
The play drawn up by coach Brad Stevens with Boston down a point with 17.7 seconds remaining had fizzled and Bass essentially dribbled 13 seconds off the clock before trying to back down Greg Monroe for a final shot. Stevens thought better of what he saw and called a timeout to reset his team for the final play.
"I wanted to take a shot," said Bass. 'I wanted to let the clock run out and will us to win. That’s all."
Even with a man nicknamed No-Pass Bass, it's clear that the final sequence wasn't drawn up for Bass and probably for the best as he appeared to lose control of the ball when he finally got into the paint right before Stevens' timeout.
Bass was off the floor when Jeff Green tried to lift Boston to victory at the buzzer. Afterwards, Bass lamented the team's missed opportunities. But it was his future, not the past that reporters were focused on.
Asked if he pays attention to trade rumors, Bass answered, "No, I don't."
Pressed on if he knew specifically what a reporter was alluding to -- a rumored swap that would send Bass and Courtney Lee to Houston in exchange for Omer Asik -- Bass smiled and said, "No, I don't."
Asked another reporter, "Are you lying?"
"No, I’m not," said Bass.
Aside from the questionable late-game decision, Bass was his typical self on Wednesday night. He chipped in 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds over 28 minutes. He started fast, throwing down an alley-oop from Jordan Crawford as part of Boston's first-quarter outburst.
But like rest of Boston's bigs, Detroit bottled Bass up a bit in the second half. He had as many turnovers (2) as points after the intermission and was minus-8 in plus/minus for the final two quarters.
Bass said Wednesday's loss was tough to swallow, but he was looking ahead to a future that he suggested still had him in a green jersey.
"All we can do is come back to practice, regroup, and try to be better on Saturday [against the Wizards]," said Bass.