Eddie House is hot. Very hot.
The nine-year veteran out of Arizona State scorched the Orlando Magic in game two Wednesday night, shooting 11 of 14 from the field and a perfect four of four from downtown, while scoring a game-high 31 points. His help led the Celtics to a 112-94 victory.
"Eddie...Eddie...Eddie" chants echoed throughout the building during most of the second half.
House, like the rest of the Celtic bench, has to step up and be a factor in order for the defending champs to have a chance at repeating.
He has been a factor since May began, going a perfect five for five from the field in game seven of the opening round against the Chicago Bulls, including four for four from downtown, finishing with 16 points and three steals in 22 minutes off the bench, helping Boston eliminate the Bulls in their historic first round series.
Since May began, House has shot 18 for 24 (75%) and is averaging 17.6 points in a little over 20 minutes a game.
He isn't alone though. Ray Allen, coming off an awful game one, regained his form, shooting seven for 15, with 22 points. Rajon Rondo recorded his third triple-double of the playoffs, with 15 points 18 assists and 11 rebounds, and Kendrick Perkins added 16 points and nine assists, and held Dwight Howard to only 13 points.
Paul Pierce only played 15 minutes and scored three points because of foul trouble. They didn't need him though, as the Celtics ran the Magic off the court from start to finish.
Game three is Friday, May 8th at 8pm in Orlando. The Magic might be without starting point guard Rafer Alston if he gets suspended for slapping House in the back of the head after House scored a jumper over him in the third quarter.
If the Celtics keep up this kind of intensity, the Magic may be pulling a disappearing act right out of the playoffs.