As they faced an Eastern Conference Finals sweep, the Celtics warned the Heat to not "let us get one" and extend the series. Well, they got one, and now the series is shifting back to Boston.
In Game 4, Jayson Tatum stepped up for his team, scoring a game-high 33 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists. Tatum led a group of six Celtics that scored in double-figures en route to a 17-point win.
"We down 3-0," Tatum said of his team's mentality after his performance. "We ain't put too much pressure on ourselves, just try to take it one game at a time. We weren't thinking about winning four in a row tonight. We were just trying to save our season and win tonight. And we did that."
While Boston's win is a boost for its confidence, Miami star Jimmy Butler did not seem panicked after his team missed out on an opportunity to punch its ticket to the NBA Finals.
"We're gonna smile. We're gonna be in this thing together, like we always are," Butler said. "We're gonna go get one on the road."
Will the Heat close things out by backing Butler's promise? Or will Tatum and the Celtics extend their season?
The Sporting News has you covered with everything you need to know in order to watch Game 5 between Boston and Miami.
What time is Celtics vs. Heat today?
- Date: Thursday, May 25
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET | 5:30 p.m. PT
Game 5 of Celtics vs. Heat will tip off around 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 25. The game will be played at the TD Garden in Boston.
What channel is Celtics vs. Heat on?
- Date: Thursday, May 25
- TV channel: TNT
- Live stream: Sling TV
Game 5 of Celtics vs. Heat will air on TNT. The broadcast will feature Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Stan Van Gundy (analyst). Allie LaForce will report from the sideline.
Viewers in the United States can also stream Celtics vs. Heat on Sling TV.
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Celtics vs. Heat odds
The Celtics enter Thursday's Game 5 as 7.5-point favorites over the Heat.
For the full market, check out BetMGM.
Celtics vs. Heat schedule
Here is the complete schedule for the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals:
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|May 17||Heat 123, Celtics 116||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|May 19||Heat 111, Celtics 105||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|May 21||Heat 128, Celtics 102||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|May 23||Celtics 116, Heat 99||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|May 25||Game 5||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|May 27||Game 6*||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|May 29||Game 7*||8:30 p.m.||TNT|