Game 2: Did the Celtics respond well? They did. Champions played.

It’s amazing what happens when the Celtics are focused,

when they spend 48 hours having their pride challenged,

pondering their season on the brink following another heartbreaking loss.

The fortitude was evident throughout. There were no drop-offs.

Marcus Smart nearly broke the ankle of Philadelphia’s P.J.

Tucker leaping for a loose ball with no hesitation. Smart later suffered a stinger

cut his lip when Joel Embiid pounced on him chasing another loose ball.

The 3-pointers fell. The defense was vastly improved from Game ,1

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