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A Young Core Carries the Celtics Past the Raptors. But There's More Work to Do.

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Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart played like veterans in dethroning the Toronto Raptors.
And therein lies the cruelty of professional basketball: You live by the bounce and die by the bounce. Last year in a conference semifinal Game 7, the Raptors won by virtue of a fortuitous shot that rimmed in at the last second, beating the Philadelphia 76ers and effectively pushing the Sixers to drastically change their team. On Sunday, when the Raptors needed one more bounce, the plays went the other way.

"We had more to give," Lowry told reporters. "But, you know, unfortunately, we're not getting any more now."

Toronto's win last year followed by Friday's elimination…
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