Yes, the issue probably runs down to the fact that Bass has regressed so much this season that we had to put him on the bench.
I am just looking at the trend. And the offense is getting worse as the Celtics players should be learning how to play with each other. In my mind, the issue is a direct result of playing Collins. The only problem is this move isn't exactly getting the expected defensive results.
We need a big man who can play (team) defense. And preferably hit an open shot. But not someone who can "draw the defense". Unless you think we're not getting enough open shots for Collins, or something.
He has only started 6 of the 14 games in Dec. Played in only 8. Averaged 15 minutes a game.
I agree he hurts the offense, but the issue runs deeper then that.
Did he regress or is he finding less space to shoot?
It's not a spacing issue, it's in his head.
Last season, he was authomatic with jumpers, because he never thought twice when he got the ball in his range.
He now hesitates because he appears to look to drive to the basket every time. As a result, his offensive game has disintegrated completely.
I wasn't a big fan of his statements last season that he can "do more than just shoot jump shots". I don't think it does him well going out to prove that he somehow "deserved" his contract.