The Boston Celtics could see their best season in six years come to a crashing end on Thursday when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The showdown will live stream from TD Garden in Boston as the Celtics face the longest odds of any home playoff team in 20 years, according to Las Vegas bookmakers.
According to the online service, Oddsshark, the Celtics enter Game Five not only with their backs to the wall, trailing the series by a 3-1 deficit, but also as a 10-point underdog in the Vegas betting lines. This is the first time in two decades that an NBA playoff team has headed into a home game as double-digit underdogs.
The defending NBA Champion Cavaliers started the best-of-seven series in dominating fashion. Playing on top-seeded Boston’s home court, LeBron James and his supporting cast slapped down the Celtics by 13 points in Game One, followed by a crushing 44-point beatdown in the second game.
But the Celtics, playing without injured superstar and team scoring leader Isaiah Thomas, stormed into Cleveland for Game Three and stunned a strangely lethargic Cleveland team, 111-108. But despite falling behind by 10 points at the half in the next game, the Cavaliers came back to grab the commanding 3-1 series lead with a 112-99 victory, led by 25-year-old point guard Kyrie Irving, who reeled off 19 points in a five-minute span in the third quarter on his way to a stunning 42-point outburst.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game Five, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday, May 25. That start time will be 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time, 6:30 p.m. Mountain and 7:30 Central.
Watch a preview of the Cavaliers-Celtics Game Five — an elimination game for Boston — courtesy of NBA TV and featuring NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas and eight-time All-Star Vince Carter, in the video below.
A win for Cleveland would give James his seventh straight trip to the NBA Finals, going back to the 2010-2011 season when he was a member of the Miami Heat and the third straight with Cleveland.
The Celtics regular season win total of 53 was their best since the 2010-2011 season when they won 56 but lost in the second round of the playoffs that season in five games to none other than James and the Miami Heat. But the following year, 2011-2012, was the last time the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals before now, after a 39-27 record in the lockout-shortened season. But Boston was kept out of the NBA Finals by the James-led Heat once again, losing the Conference Finals in the full seven games.
Can the Boston Celtics shock the basketball world and survive to force a Game Six in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals despite going into Game Five missing their star Isaiah Thomas and nursing other injured key players? Or will the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James put the finishing touches on the Celtics’ surprisingly strong season, advancing to their third straight NBA Finals with a win on Boston’s home court?
To find out, watch the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff, Game Five live stream online from the 17,500-seat TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, with streaming video provided by Watch TNT at this link, or by downloading the Watch TNT app to watch a live stream on mobile devices. Watch TNT also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV set-top streaming device, allowing fans to watch the Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game Five showdown streaming live to their TV sets.
For fans who want to stream the Cavaliers-Celtics possibly deciding Conference Finals game for free without cable login credentials, a feed from TNT Overtime will also be streaming at the above link, on the NBA.com site at this link, or on most mobile devices. TNT Overtime allows fans to choose and switch between any one of four camera angles on the game, or to watch all four simultaneously in a mosaic view.
Fans without the login credentials to allow viewing of the live stream via Watch TNT can also access the NBA playoff game using the Sling TV basic internet TV package, which offers the TNT network, including the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff Game Five, and comes with a seven-day free trial. To sign up, visit this link.
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