Celtics vs Nets live stream: How to watch the NBA Playoffs Game 5 online

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Celtics vs Nets start time, channel

The Celtics vs Nets live stream starts today (June 1) at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT.
The game is on TNT.

Will tonight's Celtics vs Nets live stream close the season on the Celtics? Unless Jayson Tatum can post another 50-point game, the answer is probably "no." That said, we've got everything you need to watch this NBA playoffs live stream.

That said, the Nets' all-star trio of Durant, Harden and Irving may just be too much. They're the first triumverate to score 200 points over the course of two playoff games, enough to give the rest of the east the heebie jeebies about coming to Brooklyn.

For the Celtics, the big questions aren't just with Tatum. Kemba Walker's not cleared to play yet, and he missed Game 4 with a bone bruise in his left knee. And since Boston can't expect Tatum to go wild at the hoop again, the Celtics will be hoping to not lose another player (Jaylen Brown going down was bad enough). 

Sadly (for Boston fans), all signs point to the Celtics' season being over. All of the above just puts too much momentum in Brooklyn's corner, and too many questions on Boston's ability to score.

The Nets go into Game 5 as 12.5-point favorites, and the over-under is at 231.5 points.

How to avoid Celtics vs Nets blackouts with a VPN

If you've had to leave your own "bubble" -- or you've been hit by a dreaded local blackout -- and you can't watch Celtics vs Nets live streams on cable, you're not out of luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well. Here are our top picks.


We think speed, security and simplicity make <a href="https://go.expressvpn.com/c/4550836/1330033/16063?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.expressvpn.com%2Foffer%2Ftomsguide%3Foffer%3D3monthsfree%26a_fid%3D744" data-link-merchant="expressvpn.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ExpressVPN second to none. During our tests, we saw fast connection times, and we're impressed by the service's ability to access more than 3,000 services spread out across 160 locations in 94 countries. 

Celtics vs Nets live streams in the US

Celtics vs Nets live streams in the US

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In the U.S. Celtics vs Nets airs on TNT, tipping off at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

If you've already cut the cord and don't have a cable package, you'll be able to get this game on Sling TV (we love FuboTV for a lot of sports, but it doesn't have TNT). 

ESPN and TNT are both included in the Sling Orange package, which costs $35. Sling will be a perfect place to watch all of the NBA playoffs, as ABC games will simulcast on ESPN3, and Sling Orange gets you TNT, ESPN, ESPN3, and its Sports Extra pack gets you NBA TV.

Sling and Fubo are two of the picks on our best streaming services list, but we go with Sling here even though it doesn't have ABC (though you can get it with one of the best TV antennas), as those games will be on ESPN3.

Sling TV:

<a href="https://sling-tv.pxf.io/c/221109/1132376/14334?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sling.com%2F" data-link-merchant="sling.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sling TV: You can get ESPN and TNT in the Sling Orange package. The 30-plus channels in the lineup include AMC, CNN, Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV and many more.

Celtics vs Nets live streams in the UK

Celtics vs Nets live streams in the UK

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British basketball fans typically only need Sky Sports — but tonight is an exception. This game is not on Sky.

NBA League Pass is also available in the U.K., as an alternative.

Celtics vs Nets live streams in Canada

Celtics vs Nets live streams in Canada

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Hoops fans in Canada can catch Celtics vs Nets live streams. The game is on TSN1.

NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.