Late in the Saturday's loss at Detroit, Phil Pressey found himself in a tough spot.
The 5-foot-11 guard was around the basket as a Celtics shot came off the rim. He quickly went up for the rebound, and a potential tip-in, against the Pistons' Kyle Singler, who is at least nine inches taller.
Not only did Pressey beat Singler to the ball, but he managed to tip the shot in for the Celtics.
In many ways that play was a microcosm of how Pressey has handled being the smallest man on the court most nights, but one capable of coming up with big plays. He hopes to do more of that in the coming days with the Celtics' season down to just five games.
Even though Pressey signed a two-year deal this past summer, next season is not fully guaranteed so it's conceivable that the Celtics could cut ties with him. He knows this, which is why he's been doing his best all season to prove to the Celtics front office that he's worth keeping around.
"You never know how things are going to end up, obviously," Pressey told CSNNE.com earlier this season. "But I think I'm doing a pretty good job with the minutes I get."
And while he's had his ups and downs, like all rookies, Pressey has consistently been a solid contributor when given significant minutes.
For the season, he is averaging 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. But in his eight start, he's averaging 7.8 points and 5.4 assists in 27.1 minutes per game.
Pressey is coming off one of his best games of the season at Detroit despite the 115-111 loss. He tallied his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 assists against the Pistons.
But he was in no mood to rejoice at his performance.
"It ended in a loss," he said. "It doesn't feel too well, too good. The most important thing is getting the win. In my position, I'm here, I'm trying to win every time."