How to watch Game 5 between the Boston Celtics & Miami Heat

May 25, 2023, 9:29 AM | Updated: 9:33 am

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 17: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat is defended by Marcus Smart #36 ...

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If the Boston Celtics want to channel the 2004 Boston Red Sox and erase a 3-0 deficit, they will have to take care of business in Thursday night’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden.

After shocking the NBA world by taking a 3-0 series lead over the defending Eastern Conference champions, the eighth-seed Miami Heat dropped Game 4 at home as the Celtics made it clear that they will not go quietly.

Starting at a 3-1 deficit, Boston has to feel confident in returning home–a setting that saw the Celtics hold an East-best 32-9 record versus Miami’s unimpressive 17-24 road record.

While the road record would indicate that Boston holds a clear advantage in Game 5, it was the Heat that took the first two games of this series at the Garden while Jimmy Butler put his stamp on the series by averaging 31.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 4.5 steals during the two games thus far in Boston.

The Celtics brought the hammer down in Game 4, setting the stage for a crucial Game 5 on Thursday.

Can Boston send this series back to South Beach for a Game 6? Will Miami start packing its bags for Denver following tonight’s action?

We’re about to find out.

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Game 5 Info

When: 5:30 PM PST

Where: TD Garden – Boston, MA


Radio: NBA app, ESPN app

Line: Celtics -8, O/U: 215.5

Injury Report


  • Bam Adebayo – AVAILABLE (right shoulder discomfort)
  • Cody Zeller – AVAILABLE (nasal fracture)
  • Tyler Herro – OUT (right hand surgery)
  • Gabe Vincent – OUT (left ankle sprain) – Vincent was ruled out on Thursday morning.
  • Victor Oladipo – OUT (left knee surgery)


  • Danilo Gallinari – OUT (ACL injury recovery)


No team has ever come back to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 0-3 in NBA Playoff history (0-110).

Teams holding a 3-1 series lead go on to advance 95.3% of the time (266-13).

NBA Offseason Schedule

  • Thursday, June 22– 2023 NBA Draft
  • Friday, June 30– Free Agent negotiating period begins
  • Thursday, July 6– Free Agents can begin signing deals
  • Friday, July 7–Monday, July 17– NBA Summer League in Las Vegas
  • August TBD– 2023-24 NBA regular season schedule release
  • September TBD– NBA training camps begin

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