Paul Pierce and company are sitting pretty in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with a 3-1 series lead heading back to Atlanta. It has appeared Boston wants it more, while the Hawks are simply happy to have shown up, a longtime knock on them.
The Celtics dominated Game Four 101-79, with the final score actually making the game appear closer than it really was says Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com:
"Whatever the Boston Celtics wanted, they got. Fast-break layups, give-and-go baskets, post-ups, perimeter jumpers, 3-point bombs. And here's a little foreshadowing for you: When the Atlanta Hawks called a timeout a mere 4 minutes, 4 seconds into the game, they were already trailing 13-6."
Pierce says his team still has a job to do, also according to ESPN.com:
"The NBA is a weird league, and one game could give a team confidence," said Pierce. "We hope that we can take them and advance in the series in the next game."
While the Celtics are saying all the right things, this series appears to be going the way of becoming history. One team is playing with legitimate urgency while the other looks ready to set tee times.