Celtics claim win against Hawks, Pierce celebrates with a Tebow

5/3/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Boston Celtics’ Game 2 success would have followed a very different path if it weren’t for Paul Pierce’s 36 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. With four minutes left on the clock Atlanta Hawks were leading Game 2 with 11 points. Luckily for the Boston Celtics Paul Pierce was in-form. Paul Pierce’s blitzing performance helped the Boston Celtics acquire an 87-80 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Boston Celtics’ Game 2 victory will go down in the history as one of the most memorable playoffs wins for the NBA franchise. For a team who were missing two of their star players, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen, the Boston Celtics played beautifully. To be more honest, the Boston Celtics played well but their miraculous victory can be mostly credited to Paul Pierce’s superb performance.
The Boston Celtics captain, Paul Pierce made an impact in Game 2 straightaway. In just over 44 minutes of the game, Paul Pierce had led the Boston Celtics into a dominating position.
Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew observed, “He got off to a fast start, and he pretty much rode it to the end of the game.”
On the other side of the court, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was in great dilemma. The Boston Celtics legend, Doc Rivers knew he had to field a team without Rajon Rondo (suspended) and Ray Allen (injured) in Game 2.
Presently, point guard Rajon Rondo is serving suspension and Ray Allen is on the bench because of a devastating ankle injury.
The 34-year-old, Paul Pierce expected more time on the bench but the absence of Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen forced him to play most of the Game 2. Later, Paul Pierce confessed that he “thought Doc was going to sit” him “at the beginning of the fourth” but he understood why he needed to be on the court.
Yet Paul Pierce managed to maintain his rhythm despite extreme exhaustion while being facilitated by small breathers in the form of timeouts taken by the coach Doc Rivers.
Paul Pierce later tweeted, “To[o] old for this. I need a bed right now!!!”
Doc Rivers was beaming with pride on Paul Pierce’s performance at the end of Game 2. “It ranks right up there,” Doc Rivers said, “Literally, we don’t win the game if Paul doesn’t play like that. He knew that, and so did they.”
Paul Pierce did not disappoint his fans, gathering 13 points in the fourth quarter which were closely followed by a dunk and 3-pointer.  In the final moments of Game 2, Paul Pierce walked to the middle of the court and assumed a Tebowing pose after taking a few free throws.
“I’ve seen it on TV,” Paul Pierce stated, “I don’t know why. I wasn’t thinking about it. It’s just like I don’t know when I’m going to shoot a 3 or jumper. It was instincts.”
Doc Rivers had no problem with Paul Pierce’s choice of expression. Commenting on the Tebowing moment, Doc Rivers said it was “terrific”.
“I didn’t know he did it,” Doc Rivers told, “But if he did it that’s terrific as far as I’m concerned. I am a Florida native so I’ll take that.”
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