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January 29, 2009

House Money

Celtics backup guard states case for All-Star 3-point contest

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"Gabe Pruitt, Tony Allen, Leon (Powe), they don't watch the game," Rivers said. "Eddie actually pays attention. When he first comes on the floor, he knows exactly where his shots are."

He was an unlikely NBA finals hero, scoring nine points in the second half of Boston's Game 4 victory.

"I just have a different type of focus. I'm ready before I get in the game," House said. "I've already got a feel for what's going on in the game. I can see where I'm going to get my shots up."

Last night it was on the break.

"If we got out in transition," House said. "I definitely was going to be able to get to open spots."

With the Celtics protecting what had dwindled to a 12-point lead in the fourth, House hit threes at 9:50 and 9:06 to give the Green a 100-83 advantage. He sank four threes total in the quarter, spurring the "Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!" chants that carried on until the final buzzer sounded.

"He does it every game," Rivers said. "There's no question when Eddie comes on the floor, within two or three minutes, he gets a wide-open shot."

The diminutive House has never been afraid of any shot — or anybody.

According to a Sports Illustrated story published in 2000, he once got into a fist fight with Arizona center A.J. Bramlett in an Oregon restaurant. House, remember, is maybe 6-1, 175 pounds. Bramlett is 6-10, 235 pounds.

Eddie's still a fighter these days, but only in the pursuit of playing time.

"Eddie's been on fire," Kevin Garnett said. "You know, I gave him a couple of my secrets. ... He needs to be in the 3-point contest. That's what this press conference is about."

Afterward, Cassell walked out of the trainer's room shouting "Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!" in his thick Baltimore accent (he then segued into a one-man discussion of Oriole great Eddie Murray).

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