For the Celtics to win Game 2 without Rajon Rondo, they needed Paul Pierce to be lead them. He more than answered the call, pouring in 36 points, 14 rebounds and four assists for the Celtics in an 87-80 victory to tie the series at 1-1 before it shifts to Boston.
He left the Hawks with something else, though.
With 1:15 remaining in the game, after hitting a free throw to put Boston ahead by seven, Pierce walked toward the bench during a timeout and stopped at halfcourt to drop down into a Tebow stance.
Yes, he did.
It was an odd display of showmanship, particularly on an opponent's floor. While the Hawks players didn't seen overly concerned (or, perhaps, didn't notice), they'll surely hear about it before Game 3 in Boston.
It'll be interesting to see if there are any celebrations from Atlanta if they are able to take care of business in Boston. While Pierce was all smiles as he greeted his teammates on the bench, there really isn't any need to disrespect your opponent on their floor by Tebowing when you've already disrespected them with your game.
Let's hope this is a one-time thing for Pierce (and everyone else) in this postseason. We really don't need anymore of that. What we do need more of is this version of Pierce's game.