Brandon Bass averages 20 minutes a game, but he didn't play at all in Saturday's win against the Hawks.
He's been the feel-good story of the early season, but he seems to have hit a wall, at least in the eyes of coach Avery Johnson, who decided to sit Bass for the entire game.
It's an interesting deal since Johnson is really working to get a rotation of eight to nine guys. And with so many veterans on this team, somebody's going to be left out. Devean George played some at the power forward spot in Bass' place.
"Of course it's frustrating but as a professional you've got to find ways to work through those things," Bass said at Sunday's practice. "I had no clue that I wasn't going to play. I never thought it would be like that, but it happens at times. Hopefully it won't happen again.
"It's all about me just getting involved," he continued. "By me coming off the bench, when you're coming off the bench, you've got to really be detailed when you're out on the court and you have to find ways to be that way on defense and rebounding the ball. I have to really show that I'm being effective when I get in."
Johnson said don't read much into Bass not playing.
-- Jeff Caplan