Celtics fans already know that Eddie House is dangerous. Now it seems that the rest of the world is finally catching up.
Following Wednesday's 106-90 exhibition win over the Raptors — in which the reserve tallied 11 points and four assists — Boston head coach Doc Rivers had nothing but glowing praise for his once-secret weapon.
"Boy, he can shoot, and he scares the hell out of other teams," Rivers told The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan. "He used to scare the hell out of me when I was coaching elsewhere. I kid him that he's on the All-Scare Team."
Though his role is very specific and not at all secret — he comes into the game to shoot, and to shoot only — he still serves as a daunting and often unstoppable threat to the opposition. When he gets playing time, he's capable of being one of the league's best from beyond the arc.
"He knows his role," Rivers said, "and his teammates know his role. They do whatever they can to free him up."
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told the Globe he was well aware of House's talent long before he joined the club.
"First of all, I fell in love with Eddie when he was in college," Ainge said of House, who was a Sun Devil while Ainge was a coach in Phoenix. "I watched him play at Arizona State. He's definitely a guy I'd pay to watch play. And I followed his NBA career closely."
Last season, House — who averages about 17.2 minutes per game — shot .444 from beyond the arc. His career mark from three-point land is .396.
"He's a scary shooter," Ainge said. "Eddie can shoot as well as anybody in the game. He's right there with a Ray Allen, that kind of guy. But he's not as big, so he doesn't get his shot off as easily. But no one has a quicker trigger."