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Paul Pierce rope-a-dopes Hawks

Updated: May 7, 2012, 2:59 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- If Paul Pierce, noted boxing connoisseur and occasional big fight live-Tweeter, learned anything during Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto clash, it's that when you've got an opponent on the ropes, you've got to finish them off.

The Boston Celtics entered Sunday's Game 4 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series knowing they could land a virtual knockout blow against the Atlanta Hawks. Only eight teams in NBA history have ever rallied from a 3-1 series deficit; ...

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