Eddie House and James Posey—Role Players Making the Difference

Nick CasoAnalyst IJune 13, 2008

With their backs against the wall, the Celtics knew that they needed to do something. 

After being outscored 35-14 in the first quarter, they regrouped and came out strong in the second quarter.  The Celtics outscored the Lakers 26-23 in the second quarter to cut it to an 18-point lead.

After probably the longest half-time of the season for Boston, they came out firing like never before. 

With Rajon Rondo limited to only 17 minutes, veteran Eddie House played more than 24 minutes, longer than any other game he has played this postseason.  It took House a few shots to get into his groove, but when he nailed his first shot, he never looked back. 

House contributed with 11 points and four rebounds.  However, no points were bigger than the jump shot he hit to give the Celtics their first lead of the game with about four minutes remaining.  This fired up Eddie and the team as they had completed the biggest comeback in Finals history. 

Not to be overshadowed by House, James Posey quietly contributed 18 points, as he saw a lot of time due to a shoulder injury to Kendrick Perkins.  Posey shot 5-10 from the field, but more importantly, he shot 4-8 from the three-point line. 

He also added in two rebounds and hit yet another big shot to give the Celtics a two-possession lead.  Posey nailed a three from the corner to put Boston up by six, with about two minutes left.

Ray Allen, who has been spectacular throughout the Finals, hit a lay-up to seal the game for Boston.  Allen played every minute of the game and finished with 19 points, on 6-11 shooting.

Going into this series, everyone talked about how deep the Lakers are and how great their bench is.  When are we going to see it? 

Only once in this series have the Lakers had a bench player score more than 10 points.  Sasha Vujacic scored 20 points in the lone Lakers win.  The Celtics have had three players do it.  We have yet to see this “stellar bench” that everyone on ESPN has been praising the Lakers for.

With the Celtics up three games to one, they look to close the series on Sunday.  If Boston can get another clutch performance out of a role-player, expect this series to come to a close. 

The Lakers bench is overrated along with Pau Gasol.  They cruised through the playoffs, but they finally found a team that is better than them.  The best part of this series is that when the Celtics close it out, it will shut the mouths of L.A. fans and ESPN analysts, especially Jeff Van Gundy.