A night that seemed favorable for 3-point shooters turned painful for Eddie House.
House twisted his ankle in the final minute of the Celtics' 118-86 win last night over the New Jersey Nets, but expects to recover by the time the teams meet Saturday.
"Yeah, I rolled my ankle a little bit," House said. "But I'm all right. I'll get some treatment [today], treatment the next day."
Glen Davis converted his first career 3-pointer, a 28-footer with 0.4 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. And Paul Pierce went 5 for 5 on threes in the third quarter, matching a team record for 3-point perfection in a quarter set by Ray Allen in a 94-88 win at Toronto last Sunday. The Celtics' record for most 3-pointers in a quarter was set by Dee Brown, who went 6 for 7 in a 110-99 win over Dallas Feb. 4, 1998.
Davis's shot leaves three Celtic veterans who have yet to convert a 3-pointer in their careers: Kendrick Perkins (0 for 8), Patrick O'Bryant (zero attempts), and Leon Powe (0 for 3).
"Right now, until somebody tells me differently, I'm not playing him," Rivers said of Perkins's chances of performing against the Suns, who could have a significant size edge with Shaquille O'Neal and Amare Stoudemire.
Perkins was involved in conditioning workouts, weightlifting, and free throw shooting during yesterday's shootaround and pregame activities.
"We need all our starters to play," Rivers said. "But at the end of the day, when a guy goes down, we've had it last year and in the past, someone else will step forward. We don't know who that will be, but we don't worry. You've got to make do. Injuries happen to every team. It's the strong teams that get through it and the weak teams focus on that one guy being out - we don't do that. We just keep playing. I would love to have a longer guy but I don't worry about things we don't have."
As for O'Bryant, Rivers said, "We'll see. What we need him to do, we need him to do it all the time. I'm patient. I'm not playing him when he's not ready, and he's not ready yet. Just because you are 7 feet tall doesn't mean you play."
Guard Tony Allen (right ankle sprain) missed his sixth game and said he hopes to return against Dallas Jan. 25.
"I was scheduled to be out like 10 days," Allen said. "I'll probably be back on the 25th, around that time."
Marc J. Spears of the Globe staff contributed to this report.