Eddie House has found comfort in Miami after some unexpected time on the bench earlier this season. He has become a weapon for the Miami Heat, the same type of weapon he was during the Celtics’ 2007-08 championship season.
House is shooting 44 percent from the 3-point line for the Heat, a marked improvement over the 38 percent he shot in 50 games with the Celtics last season and the 25 percent with the Knicks. The Celtics traded House to New York because they believed they needed a backup to Rajon Rondo in Nate Robinson and an offensive boost off the bench, and House had slipped over previous years.
Well Eddie House is back, but he holds no animosity against the Celtics for moving him. What’s more, he said he was rooting for Boston in the playoffs last year.
“My relationship with everybody was good, the organization was first class,” he said after the Heat’s practice at Suffolk University. “Guys on the team were like brothers. Doc (Rivers) was a great mentor, taught me about the game and taught me how to be a true professional at the same time. It was a great relationship we had.”
House was benched for a 12-game stretch and then returned to action Jan. 13. In 13 games since his return, House is 48 of 94 (51 percent) from the 3-point line and averaging 10.4 points per game. Miami has won eight straight games after a 93-88 loss to the New York Knicks on Jan. 27.
“For whatever reason I was out of the lineup, so I just tried to stay with it,” he said. “Stay professional and helping guys out if I see anything so when I did get my opportunity just make sure I maximized my opportunity. The team that was put together in the summer is starting to come to pass and guys are getting healthier and it’s translating to us playing well on both ends of the court.”