The topic prior to Wednesday night's game with the Miami Heat was rebounding, a rather sore spot all season for the Boston Celtics. But in this instance, it was about the rebounding of the Celtics' guards. The team video crew had spliced together a short segment showing the Boston guards rebounding the way they should. One guard was missing in the piece: Eddie House.
"Hey, wait a minute! I'm offended," he said in apparent mock seriousness.
"We tried to get you in there," responded coach Doc Rivers. "We just couldn't find one."
Thus, when House collected the first of his season-high matching four rebounds against the Heat, the Boston bench erupted in celebration. House isn't in the game to get rebounds. We all know that. He's basically a gun for hire, but, Rivers noted, when House rebounds and defends with a modicum of tenacity the coach feels comfortable keeping House out on the floor.
And with Paul Pierce unable to go against Miami because of a sprained left foot, House's contributions were critical. "We needed him out there because with Paul out," Rivers said, "we needed him to make shots. And to see him make them was most welcome."
House hit 5 of 9 shots (2 of 4 from 3-point land), playing 24 minutes in Boston's 107-102 victory over the Heat. It was his longest stint since Jan. 2 (the other game in which he snagged four rebounds). His 16 points represented his third highest output of the season, trailing only a 22-point effort against the Bulls on Oct. 30 and a 19-pointer against the Suns on Dec. 30.
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