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Celtics vs. Knicks live stream: How to watch online

Celtics vs. Knicks live stream: How to watch online

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Knicks, which tips off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Coming off their first victory of the season in their home opener - which featured a stirring, fourth-quarter comeback in a 112-106 victory against the defending champion Toronto Raptors - the Celtics are back on the road Saturday night to visit the perennially struggling Knicks at the so-called "world's most famous arena" - the mecca of basketball - Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks, still looking for victory No. 1 three games into the season, were at the opposite end of the spectrum from the C's Friday night when they blew a late, three-point lead by going scoreless in the final 3:41 in a 113-109 loss to old friend Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets.

The Celtics (1-1), who got a late flurry from Kemba Walker (11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter) and 25 points each from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum on Friday night, will see another former teammate Saturday in Marcus Morris, who signed with the Knicks as a free agent after two season in Boston.  Ex-Knick Enes Kanter, a free-agent signee with Boston in the offseason, is still bothered by a knee injury from the season-opening loss in Philadelphia and is not expected to play. An ankle injury to big man Daniel Theis will likely keep him out and leave the C's a little thin in the frontcourt. 

Tune to NBC Sports Boston for Celtics Pregame Live at 7 p.m., followed by the game at 7:30 or stream it via the MyTeams app. 

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ANALYSIS AND REACTION

BEFORE THE GAME: At 7 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper and Tommy Heinsohn at the Ace Ticket Studio, and Mike Gorman, Brian Scalabrine, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Abby Chin at Madison Square Garden. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch Draper and Heinsohn break down the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream

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Classic Celtics: Larry Bird lifts C's over Rockets in 1986 NBA Finals clincher

Classic Celtics: Larry Bird lifts C's over Rockets in 1986 NBA Finals clincher

Some consider the 1986 Boston Celtics one of the greatest NBA teams of all time.

Here's your chance to watch them finish off that historic season.

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series -- which brought you Kemba Walker's 32-point outburst against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday -- rolls on Friday with Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals between the Celtics and Houston Rockets.

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The Rockets took Game 5 in Houston to send the series back to Boston, but they weren't prepared for Larry Bird, whose magnificent performance in Game 6 (29 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists) helped the C's earn a 114-97 win and clinch their 16th NBA championship.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Rockets airs Friday at 7 p.m. ET, and if watching Bird at the height of his powers wasn't entertaining enough, former Celtics center Bill Walton will join Brian Scalabrine throughout the night to provide color commentary.

Here's when and how to watch:

When: Friday, April 3, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and in the MyTeams app

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How Kobe Bryant once used a cutout of Paul Pierce as 'motivation'

How Kobe Bryant once used a cutout of Paul Pierce as 'motivation'

Kobe Bryant will forever be remembered as one of the fiercest competitors in sports history. That unmatched competitiveness was amplified whenever his Los Angeles Lakers faced off against their archrival, the Boston Celtics.

Two months after the Lakers fell to the C's in the 2008 NBA Finals, Bryant headed to China to take part in the Summer Olympics. There, he helped the United States earn its first gold medal since 2000.

But the sting from his loss to the Celtics overshadowed the euphoria of his Olympics victory.

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WNBA star Sue Bird, who also was in China for the '08 Games, told a great story about witnessing Bryant's competitive attitude while drinking wine and playing card games with him that summer.

“He was fresh off [the Finals loss] and you could tell [he was still thinking it]” Bird told Los Angeles Sparks star and ESPN analyst Chiney Ogwuimike.“… [We were] just kicking it and he saw this newspaper — it was something about the Lakers series and blah blah blah — and there was a picture of Paul Pierce celebrating.

“And he didn’t say a word. He didn’t say anything. But we saw him take the paper. He started cutting out the Paul Pierce picture. He folded it up and put it in his pocket and was like, ‘Motivation.’ And we were like, ‘Oh, it never stops with him.’ And you can tell.”

Watch below:

There never will be another player like the "Black Mamba."

Bryant tragically passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26 along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others. He was 41 years old.

You can listen to Pierce reminisce about the C's Finals win over the Lakers in the Celtics Talk Podcast below: