Celtics vs. Heat: Live stream, start time, TV channel, how to watch NBA Playoffs 2020 (Game 5)Boston has been tested all series long against the Heat, and in Game 4 the Celtics failed miserably to not only get anything going consistently on offense but to slow down the Heat, more specifically Tyler Herro. The rookie guard got off for 37 points, six rebounds and three assists, and was the catalyst behind Miami’s win to push them to a 3-1 series lead over Boston. Much of what the Heat are doing in the postseason has been a huge surprise to those watching from the outside. But when you watch this team against the Celtics, they have everything needed to play for an NBA championship. If they can close out Game 5 against the Celtics, that’s exactly where they’re headed.
Here’s everything you need to know for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Heat.
Date: Friday, Sept. 25 | Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Disney Wide World of Sports — Orlando, Florida
TV: ESPN I Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: Celtics -3.5 | Over/Under: 213 (William Hill Sportsbook)
Celtics: Boston is facing elimination in Game 5, and will need to play with some desperation for the remainder of the series in order to advance to the NBA Finals. While Game 3 went their way to get a win against Miami, Game 4 looked like more of the same that we saw from their previous two losses in the conference finals. It also didn’t help that Jayson Tatum went scoreless in the first half of Game 4, making it even harder for Boston to get out to a strong start. Tatum has already said that his first-half performance is unacceptable, we’ll just have to see if he and the C’s can respond in a strong enough way to extend this series further.
Heat: Take a bow, Herro. The rookie from Kentucky lit up the scoreboard in Game 4, proving that Miami has Boston beat when it comes to depth. Duncan Robinson had a cold shooting night? It’s not a problem, here’s Herro coming in off the bench to torch the Celtics’ defense left and right. Every single strength Miami has at its disposal has been on full display against Boston, and it doesn’t appear as though the Celtics have figured out how to slow them down.
Celtics vs. Heat (Game 5)
Start time: 8:30 p.m. EST
Live stream: ESPN | Sling | Hulu + Live TV | fuboTV – You can watch on ESPN nationally via a la carte package from Sling, fuboTV and Hulu + Live TV, which have free trials.
Here’s what the Celtics had to say after Game 3.
Jayson Tatum on guarding Jimmy Butler
“It’s tough, as you could imagine. They have some great players. You know, maybe one night one guy doesn’t have it going offensively, but they’ve got other players that can really create a spark, whether it’s off the bench, those guys can really shoot the ball and they can get it off quick. It’s always tough to guard.”
Jaylen Brown on finding joy in the bubble
“I guess doing the best you can to develop a good healthy routine and habits. Some of the things that I’ve picked up here, I feel like I’ll probably stick with them for the rest of my life. Being able to develop certain habits and things to help you kind of deal with being in a bubble, away from your family, in an uncomfortable environment. Everybody’s different, so everybody had their own adaption process but some of the things I’ve picked up, personally, here, are probably things that I would carry over when I leave.”
TV channel: ESPN (Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish, fuboTV, Sling.)
Tatum had a poor performance in the first half of Game 4 but ended the night with a team-high 28 points. Boston will be playing with its back against the wall, and I expect Tatum to come out in full force to get an early lead against Miami. Pick Celtics -3.5
Brad Stevens on how Gordon Hayward responded to his return
“He’s responded well. Put in a lot of work to get ready for that. I didn’t anticipate necessarily playing him 31 minutes, but I never thought he looked like he was completely gassed either. I thought there were times he obviously wanted to come out and we took him out for a quick breather, but I was more worried about the conditioning aspect of it than necessarily the structure of the ankle. I think the ankle is, our training staff felt really good about where he was and how much work he had put in and that it looked like it was going to be able to handle it, knowing we had four days off and knowing the recovery was going to have a little bit more time. It extended his minutes a little bit. What I said yesterday I think is important is, now he knows he can do it. I think sometimes when you come back and you’re on a minutes restriction and you play 15 or 20, then the next step is 22, then the next step is 24, then the next step is 26. He knows he can do it as long as we pace those stints well. So that’s what we’ll keep doing. He won’t get to 40, but he’ll play minutes.”