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Celtics suddenly America's Team?

Against the hated Miami Heat, Boston thriving in role as the lovable underdog

Updated: June 6, 2012, 6:40 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

It's easy to root for the Celtics when they are going up against the NBA's version of Darth Vader, IRS auditors and fumbling dental surgeons. Pretty much everyone hates the Miami Heat outside of the 305 area code.

In addition to playing the underdog role to perfection in the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics have emerged as something else, something they're not quite accustomed to being: the lovable overachiever.

When ESPN had one of its instant polls after Game 2 and ...

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