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Carsen Edwards’ philosophy after the 3-point shooting barrage he unleashed, ‘to stay not too high, not too low.’

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Carsen Edwards’ phenomenal shooting performance in Tuesday’s preseason finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers has definitely made him more noticeable.

Even when he just goes out to buy some cereal.

“I went to the grocery yesterday to get some cereal and people were shopping. It wasn’t anything crazy. (People just saying), ‘good game,’” Edwards said.

Good game would be a vast understatement for the C’s second-round pick out of Purdue. The 6-foot-1 guard torched the Cavs from beyond the arc, pouring in a game-high 30 points on 9-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc.

Edwards’ third-quarter shooting display was something to behold as he buried the first six 3-pointers he launched. Edwards finished by knocking down eight treys in just over five minutes in the frame and many of the 3-balls he sank came from way downtown, including one with him standing very close to the Cavs’ center-court logo.

But Edwards had a performance or two like that in college, and he is handling his latest 3-point barrage as such, with an even-keeled manner.

“You play so many games, man, the best way for you to handle things is just to stay not too high, not too low and understand you got to work to be consistent and it’s preseason,” Edwards said. “I just want to continue to work, continue to get better. Being able to do it was great and it was a blessing to be able to have that opportunity, but at the same time, I just want to focus on being consistent.”

With the Celtics opening up the regular season on Wednesday with a road tilt against the Philadelphia 76ers, it will be interesting to see how Edwards’ torrid 3-point shooting night will impact his place in the Brad Stevens’ rotation.

Edwards may now be in line to get a handful of minutes to showcase his long-range shooting prowess, but the rookie isn’t thinking too much about that, instead, just looking to build off a preseason in which he shot 45.1 percent on 3-pointers.

“The opportunity and the experience was very important,” Edwards said. “At the same time, I’m still just working, trying to prove myself, just trying to stay ready and building trust with my teammates.”