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The Celtics avenged a 104-102 loss Sunday in Orlando by beating the Warriors at home 105-82 (NBA.com Box Score) for their 9th win in 10 games to start the season. The C’s had 6 players in double figures, including 15 points from sixth man Eddie House.
The Celts played the Warriors as if they hadn’t lost yet this season against. In my mind, the Warriors had to be huge underdogs coming into the game (almost as big as the Eagles coming this Sunday). Not only were they 3-6, but they were also facing an angry Cetlics team that was 8-1 but had just come off a difficult road loss.
The key in the Celtics success in this game and this season in my mind has been the play of the bench. Yeah, I know the Big Three have all played well and you can’t take anything away from how Garnett has played. He’s been amazing, don’t get me wrong. But, after the Big Three you need complementary players that can play with them and without them (when the PGA are resting).
Eddie House has been the sixth man they were looking for. He’s a good offensive player and a great shooter (especially from 3). It’s nice that he’s capable as a point guard, so it’s an added bonus. His defensive skills are alright, but could be better. Either way, he’s been a good scoring threat off the bench, finishign with 15 points against the Warriors on Wednesday.
James Posey has been that defensive 6th man so far this season. The overall team defense has dramatically improved, and that’s thanks to KG and James Posey (and probably a renewed focus on defense). Posey has been the stopper that Eric Williams (yes I said it) used to be the earlier part of this decade. In fact, Posey’s better off the bench in that role.
As far as the next game goes, that’s not until Friday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. I can’t wait to see KG and Perk beat up on Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom. Kobe is great and will probably drop 40 points, but the Lakers will need to find a way to score 60 more…
We know there’s no Celtics game, but there’s also no NBA games Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Speaking of which, Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for reading…