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House has eyes on 3-point contest

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 28, 2009 10:32 PM

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TD BANKNORTH GARDEN -- Eddie House downplayed his 8-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc tonight, instead diverting the attention to his teammates who found him for open looks.

But with 22 threes in his last four games, House is certainly drawing attention of his own. And if the All-Star Game's three-point contest comes calling, House said he won't turn it down.

"I'm going to be home in Scottsdale [Ariz.] anyways, so I might as well do something," said House. "I can say I'm making a strong case."

Admittedly with little knowledge of the specifics of the contest, Celtics coach Doc Rivers gave his endorsement (sort of) for House to participate.

“I don’t even know who’s in it," said Rivers. "Have they announced it? Then, yes. Going by his last three or four games for sure. Eddie shoots it so quick. Usually the small guys don’t do well in the three-point shooting contest, I don’t think. I couldn’t tell you who the last five winners are, but I think they’re usually bigger guys. But Eddie can break the mold. He’s been unbelievable."

  • Kings coach Kenny Natt had the quote of the night on House.

    "I wish I could have thrown a net out there and held him on one end of the floor," said Natt. "Give the guy credit. He is a great shooter and his teammates looked for him. He moved well without the basketball."

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