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How important were Posey, Brown, House and Cassell in 2008?


Celtics fans often discuss the importance of Danny Ainge picking up four subs from the scrap heap for the Championship 2007-08 season. There is always much discussion on the importance of James Posey, P. J. Brown, Eddie House and Sam Cassell in that Title season.

Well, Danny is starting to repeat that strategy, starting with the recent acquisition of Evan Fournier and Jabari Parker. "Not of the same caliber" current Boston fans may say, but lets take a look.

Posey was the main gain for the Celtics, playing the most minutes in the post-season (22.0 MPG) - scoring the most points (6.7 PPG) - and taking down the most rebounds (3.6 RPG). As important as James was that season, his numbers are not that exciting, at least on the surface.

Brown, Cassell and House combined for only 9.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 2.6 APG in the playoffs. Mind you, we are only talking statistics here. 

It can be stated that impressive stats were not required with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen hitting shots, taking down rebounds and dishing out dimes. But it seems that the trio's combined 55.5 points per game could easily be surpassed by the current trio of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker. Ditto for rebounds and assists.

Fournier's averages in the post-season show 12.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 2.6 APG. Parker averaged 10.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 1.4 APG in his sole playoff year. 

The 2020-21 Celtics hold down sixth place in the East with a 31-27 record and winners of eight of their last 10 games. Injuries are plaguing some of the top teams in the League, and weakened rosters and fate may go a long way to deciding the finish of this season.

I feel that both pick-ups, Jabari and Evan, will offer significant help in the post-season, and one more addition is a possibility. The admittedly-weak bench suddenly got a lot better, and team as a whole is surging at the right time. And it may be time for a little optimism.



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