Just because Eddie House misses a few 3-pointers doesn’t mean he’s not going to take the next one. Or two.
Or five. Or six.
House is a shooter. That’s what he’s done throughout his nine-year NBA career, and that’s what he’s going to keep doing whenever he gets the chance. He knows if he stops, his time on the court will be limited. He knows the best way to prove he can still do it is to take those shots over and over again.
“If you’re getting open looks, you’ve got to continue to take the shot,” he said. “You can’t make the next one if you don’t take the next one.”
It’s called a shooter’s mentality. All 3-point specialists have it. You can compare it to a gambler at the blackjack table. Ultimately, the odds of success are against you — even a dead-eye like House shoots at only a 37.9 percent career clip on treys — but the shot is a high-stakes game, and the payoff is high.
“You’ve got to keep shooting, man,” he said. “It only takes one. You hit one, and you might make three, four in a row.”
For the Celtics early this season, the house has taken the House on most occasions. He hit on only 11-of-45 3-point attempts through Monday (a glaring 24.4 percent). He appeared to be shaking his season-long slump with a 3-for-7 night in a 13-point effort off the bench against the Nuggets on Nov. 14, but regressed the next night in Milwaukee when he missed five of six treys.
But no fears, at least from his end. His 20 3-point attempts over three games heading into Tuesday is proof House is not gun-shy.
“You’ve got to keep preparing yourself and doing what you’re doing,” he said. “I don’t think I’m doing anything different than I was in the preseason when I was knocking them down [21-of-43 in eight games]. It’s just one of those stretches, and it just happens to be at the beginning of the season.”
House said all shooters go through it at some point during the season — it’s just that he hasn’t had the time for his shooting percentage to sustain such a hit.
“Usually, it’s in the middle of the year when I have a little stretch,” he said. “But my percentage is already up. So if I’m at 44 percent, and it gets knocked down to 42 percent, it’s not a big difference. But right now [24.4] percent looks crazy.”
Marksman teammate Ray Allen’s 30.8 percent looks just as bizarre considering it is from the fingertips of the second-leading 3-point shooter in NBA history. As a team, the Celtics were at 30.6 percent through the weekend, sixth worst in the NBA.
“We’re not trying to miss them,” House said. “We’re trying to make every one. We’ve been shooting a low percentage. But we’ll get it back.”
After extensive minutes together in preseason, the reserves were a strength in the first few games of the regular schedule. But as the second unit became inconsistent over the past week, Celtics coach Doc Rivers looked for some consistency out of the reserve who spent last year’s playoffs consistently out of the picture.
Forgotten man Brian Scalabrine was first off the bench and responded with five points in 13 minutes Nov. 15 in Milwaukee.
“Scal does what he does and he does his role,” Rivers said of the move. “Before the [Bucks] game I talked to our players about getting back to their role. The reason I put Scal in there first is that, of all our guys, he will do what I ask of him on the floor. I thought he did it well.”
Top draft pick J.R. Giddens has been dispatched to Salt Lake City and the NBA Developmental League. He handled it well, but the move drew a mixed reaction from fellow rookie Bill Walker, who survived the demotion — at least for now.
“We all want to be on this level playing for the Boston Celtics,” said Walker, who has played just under five minutes over two games in his NBA career. “When he got sent to the D-League, it sent a message that we’re young guys, we haven’t proven enough to be a key member of the team yet.”
Giddens expressed some eagerness to get court time in Utah, but Walker isn’t so anxious to join him in the NBDL.
“I’d rather not,” he said. “I think I’ve shown some things to the powers that be that I do deserve to be here.”
Scott Souza covers the Celtics for OT and can be reached at email@example.com
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