The Boston Celtics could use a win Wednesday night, and they'll have to earn it against a scrappy Brooklyn Nets team.
The Celtics enter Wednesday's NBA seeding round matchup just 1.5 games ahead of the Heat for the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed after falling to Miami on Tuesday night. The C's are 1-2 in the Orlando bubble and are ripe for a bounce-back game against the No. 7 seed Nets.
Brooklyn is 3-0 in seeding-round play, however, and upset the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and several other starters didn't play in the second half of that game, but the Nets have been playing hard in the absence of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie.
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Kemba Walker also won't play for the Celtics on Wednesday as Boston exercises caution with his left knee, so the C's will need to be sharp on the second leg of their back-to-back.
NBC Sports Boston has you covered with complete coverage of Celtics vs. Nets, starting at 8 p.m. ET with "Celtics Pregame Live". Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, with complete postgame analysis after the final buzzer on "Celtics Postgame Live."
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BEFORE THE GAME: At 8 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Mike Gorman, Brian Scalabrine, Kyle Draper, Kendrick Perkins, Chris Forsberg and A. Sherrod Blakely. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.
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