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NBA playoffs 2022: The bounce-back game has become the Boston Celtics' postseason calling card

MIAMI -- The Boston Celtics are a team of long-distance runners.

For years, former Celtics president Danny Ainge employed a consultant that would identify draft picks and free agents' "brain types" under the belief that certain personality traits made for better players. Ainge and that system are gone, but the Celtics -- be it by meticulous scouting, good fortune or, more likely, a mix of both -- have a collective personality type.

It was proven again Thursday night when they bounced back for a 127-102 Game 2 victory over the Miami Heat to square the Eastern Conference finals at 1-1.