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Bulls early surprise of playoffs after taking 2 at Boston

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BOSTON (AP) - Celtics coach Brad Stevens says he is aware of video that appears to show guard Marcus Smart making an obscene gesture toward the crowd during Boston's Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Not to pile on Celtics fans, but for all the excitement of a young team grabbing that seed we're not talking about a juggernaut.

The Celtics lost the contest 111-97 and now trail 2-0 in the first round series.

It was hard to see the Bulls in this position. That put Chicago back in the postseason, after missing out a year ago for the first time since 2008.

Houston's victory comes after the team went 3-1 in the regular season against the Thunder.

There was the big trade last summer when the Bulls sent hometown favorite and former MVP Derrick Rose to NY after going 42-40. "I'm not the one that they usually contact; usually they contact the front office". The problem is that they do not need any individual player to make that extra play, they need to rediscover their identity as a team, because that is the only way enough players will make the necessary improvements. When Butler passes up a lane to feed a cutting Wade for a dunk on the break, that's a team growing to believe in itself.

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"Hard-core dawg, " was how former Bull Taj Gibson once described Rondo earlier this season. Rondo's night ended with 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures. Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said he expected what is usually a high-energy Boston arena to be filled with even more emotion Sunday.

When his team huddled to watch film on Monday afternoon at the team's practice facility, Stevens implored his players to initiate contact when shots go up.

Butler is averaging 26 points through the first two games.

Dwyane Wade had 22 points, including 16 in the second half, and Robin Lopez added 18 points and eight points. Not bad, considering he missed three weeks late in the year because of a fractured right elbow. Boston hosted the Bulls at TD Garden through the first two games, this time they will be playing on the Bulls turf. Chicago made a statement in Game 1 to the Celtics.

"We didn't even have to talk about it", Wade said to CSNChicago.com "Every team I've been on, we've hit adversity at some point". It leaves Boston flinging the ball around the perimeter in search of open lanes or shots that have been few and far between, while also being squandered too often when available. That makes it easy to shoot the ball.

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