The Boston Celtics must win at home or go home in their NBA Playoffs series against the Atlanta Hawks, in a Game Six that will stream live on Thursday from Boston, where the Celtics trail in the first-round series 3-2 and now face their third consecutive first-round exit from the playoffs.
With a league-record 17 championships, the Celtics have not suffered first-round playoff defeats in three consecutive seasons in 64 years.
After dropping the first two games in Atlanta — including a frustrating one-point loss in Game One — the Celtics returned to TD Garden where they handled the Hawks with two wins, though they needed to come back from 16 points down midway through the third quarter to force overtime and eventually win 104-95 in Game Four.
But with the series headed back to Atlanta in Game Five, the Celtics appeared to run out of energy, falling to a crushing 27-point defeat — in a game that saw the Celtics’ leading scorer, All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, leave the game with an injury in the fourth quarter.
Thomas is expected to return for Game Five.
“You have games like that. It’s over,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart said prior to Thursday’s decisive showdown in Boston. “We’re coming back to our place and it’s time to fight.”
Thomas was restricted to just seven points in Game Five before leaving the game.
Watch highlights of the Atlanta Hawks’ big win over the Boston Celtics in Game Five by clicking on the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Playoffs Round One, Game Five, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 28 — 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
The Hawks hope to take an early lead to get the TD Garden crowd out of the game, allowing them to avoid returning to Atlanta for a Game Seven. But the home team has won every game so far in the series.
“We just have to have this same type of mentality, same type of effort and take it on the road,” Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer said after Tuesday’s Game Four. “Can we play with the same poise and the same effort? The crowd was great here tonight. I think the guys have a comfort level, and we just need to take that on the road. In the playoffs, it’s important to put a crowd away and play well.”
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To watch a live stream of the Atlanta Hawks Vs. Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs Round One, Game Six, fans will have a few options on Thursday. Using login credentials from a cable or satellite provider, viewers can log in to Watch TNT at this link — or download the Watch TNT app to view the game on mobile devices.
For fans without login credentials, or those who simply prefer to watch the NBA Playoff game on a TV set rather than on a computer or mobile device, Sling TV carries TNT, which will broadcast the game. The Sling TV package subscription costs $20 per month, but also offers a seven-day free trial. To watch the NBA Playoffs Atlanta Hawks Vs. Boston Celtics Game Six on Sling TV, go to this link to sign up. The PlayStation Vue TV subscription, which is also available on several non-PlayStation devices such as the iPad and Amazon Fire, comes with a free trial as well and carries the NBA on TNT at this link. The alternative feed from TNT Overtime is accessible without login credentials as well, by clicking here.
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