The Celtics were able to pull off a key Game 2 victory in this best of seven series to bring it to a tie at one game a piece. The game started off shaking will the Hawks gaining an eleven point lead at on point. The Celtics rallied behind their captain Paul Pierce who put up 36 points and pulled in 14 rebounds in 44 minutes. The Celtics outscored the Hawks 26-14 in the fourth largely because of their lockdown defense, however Atlanta didn’t help themselves by running isolation sets almost every time down the court.
This game was key for the Celtics because they could not afford to go down two games to none heading back to Boston. They played Game 2 without their starting back-court, Rajon Rondo was out due to suspension and Ray Allen miss the game due to a nagging ankle injury. Rondo’s replacement, Avery Bradley, played extremely well on both sides of the court and finished the game with 14 points in 42 minutes. This game represents more than just a win for the C’s because it will send a message to the Hawks that they will not lay down when the going gets tough. Also this core group of players on the Hawks has been awful when it comes to playoff road games, so the Celtics chances seem promising in Beantown. Game 3 isn’t till Friday so hopefully Ray Allen will be able to get healthy enough to just play a limited role, because the Celtics hit their first 3-pointer of the series with three and half minutes remaining in the third. Thankfully, even if he isn’t able to go Rondo will make his return, either way we know both teams will be ready for another great game.