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Jaylen Brown had an efficient offensive night with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting in 25 minutes, Jayson Tatum hit four 3-pointers on his way to 14 points in 27 minutes, and Gordon Hayward bounced back from an 0-for-6 start with four makes in his final six attempts on his way to 11 points, four rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.

At the same time, the Celtics have stumbled out of the gate, going 7-6 with a still-elite defense (most nights, there have been some games on that end in the last five) but a bottom-five offense. Also, this team may have issues because the young players made substantial progress in Irving's absence past year.

A solid effort against the Raptors would be a sign of progress as the Celtics head towards the one-quarter pole of the season.

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But the Celtics more than responded in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulls 32-11, and scoring 37 of the game's next 49 points in total, and truly letting their talent take over in what finished as a 111-82 final.

"I think that coming into the season, we were all expecting that we would just kind of take over", said Horford.

Celtics also contained Jabari Parker to 14 points.

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"We come into practice every day and we beat each other up", Smart said, via Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston. Lillard said it has helped that the players haven't looked ahead. He acknowledged that he is off to a slow start as he works his way back from a devastating leg injury.

The win over the Bulls will either be the first step in the right direction or a case of a sub-.500 shorthanded team being picked on by the Celtics.

"One of the toughest things to do in this league", Irving said, "is to come off a road trip - good or bad - and play well in front of the home fans".

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Defensively, in their first seven games this year the Bulls allowed a ridiculous 119.9 points, earning them a defensive rating of 115.5, ranking last in the league. Having (Gordon) Hayward and Kyrie back, they're one of those teams that can have a huge night on you. "We've got to have more energy". As banged up as they are without the help of starters Kris Dunn (left MCL sprain) and Lauri Markkanen (right elbow sprain), as well as key reserves Bobby Portis (right MCL sprain) and Denzel Valentine (left ankle sprain), the Bulls can't afford to play soft. "I just understand that for us to be special we just have to get through some challenges".

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