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How to watch Nets vs. Celtics first round playoff game via live online stream

We go over how you can watch Game 3 of the Nets-Celtics series in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs airing on ABC.

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James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the second half of Game Two of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on May 25, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

ABC will host Friday’s first round NBA playoff matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics with tip off set for 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will take place at the TD Garden in Boston, and will air on YES2 in the Nets market and on NBC Sports Boston in the Celtics market.

If you aren’t around a TV to check out this first-round NBA playoff matchup, you can stream the game with ABC, WatchESPN or via their mobile apps. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription. If you don’t have a cable login to access ABC for a live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.

The Nets look like championship contenders. After a rough first quarter in Game 1, Brooklyn has slowly figured out how to operate offensively with superstars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. The result has been total domination over the short-handed Celtics and the Nets will now look to get supporting players involved. Joe Harris starred in Game 2 with 25 points. Will someone else be the breakout performer in Game 3?

The Celtics entered the postseason without key starter Jaylen Brown and could potentially be without Kemba Walker in Game 3 due to a knee injury. Jayson Tatum is available to play, but he can’t do much without Walker and Brown. At some point, head coach Brad Stevens will have to roll with young guys as Boston figures out how to best build around Tatum and Brown going forward.