Paul Pierce joined the Tebowing craze on Tuesday night.  Pierce did his Tim Tebow impression against the Atlanta Hawks.

Paul Pierce came up big against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.  Pierce scored 36 points to go along with 14 rebounds and 4 assists.  The Celtics beat the Hawks 87-80 to even the series at one win apiece.  Pierce's performance was even bigger due to the absence of Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen.  Rondo was suspended for Game 2 for bumping an official in Game 1.  Allen missed his second-straight playoff game due to a sore right ankle.

Paul Pierce was a monster in Game 2.  He outscored the Hawks by himself in the final 15:08 of the game.  The Hawks only managed 36 points in the 2nd half against the Celtics tough defense.  Pierce dropped to a knee at midcourt after hitting two free throws to give the Celtics a seven-point lead with 1:15 to go.  He joined the "Tebowing" craze by striking a prayer-like pose.

Pierce explained his pose after the game.  "You just want to thank God for putting you in those positions," Pierce said.  "It wasn't pre-scripted.  It just came to me."  Doc Rivers and the C's will be perfectly fine with Pierce "Tebowing" in every game of the playoffs as long as he's celebrating 30+ point performances.

Don't forget that you can see Paul Pierce and the Celtics take on the New York Knicks in the preseason here in the Capital Region.  The Knicks take on the Celtics on October 20th at the Times Union Center.

Brian Noe is the Program Director at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.