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How to watch or stream the Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets game

How to watch or stream the Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets game

Tune into NBC Sports Boston to watch the Celtics play the Hornets in Charlotte. You can also click here to watch the Celtics livestream presented by Nissan on the MyTeams App. 

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BEFORE THE GAME: At 5 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Chris Mannix, A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg in Burlington, and Mike Gorman, Brian Scalabrine and Danielle Trotta in Charlotte. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream.

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

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 livestream

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Danny Ainge reflects on talk with Celtics players after George Floyd's death

Danny Ainge reflects on talk with Celtics players after George Floyd's death

The Boston Celtics are presenting unified front amid the wave of protests that have followed George Floyd's death.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tweeted Wednesday night that he had a positive phone conversation with his team that led him to observe how proud he is of his players.

Ainge tagged Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Semi Ojeleye, Enes Kanter, Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward in the tweet, which included the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.

The Celtics have actively participated in protests to demand an end to racial injustice and police brutality after a Minneapolis police officer murdered Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed African-American man, by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

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Brown drove 15 hours to his home state of Georgia last weekend to help lead a peaceful protest in Atlanta,  while Smart, Kanter and Vincent Poirier joined a protest in Boston on Sunday.

Tatum, Ojeleye, Walker and Hayward all have been active on social media calling attention to racial inequality and standing in solidarity with their teammates.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has supported his players' activism, as well, expressing that support in a letter he gave to the players last week.

It appears Ainge also has communicated with his players as the C's continue to show cohesion and unity during a divisive time in America.

Celtics' Semi Ojeleye gives positive reaction to reported NBA return proposal

Celtics' Semi Ojeleye gives positive reaction to reported NBA return proposal

The NBA's Board of Governors reportedly is expected to approve a 22-team return plan during Thursday's meeting, which would pave the way for the 2019-20 season to resume later in the summer.

Under the reported proposal, each of the remaining 22 teams would play eight more regular season games before a 16-team playoff commences. 

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The Boston Celtics currently are the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They also are one of three teams in the East that's already clinched a postseason berth. It's not a perfect plan, but it does allow players some regular season games to get ready for the grind of the playoffs. The proposal gives teams on the playoff bubble a chance to earn a postseason berth as well.

Boston Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye joined Wednesday night's "Arbella Early Edition" to discuss the proposed return plan and the challenge players will have in getting ready to restart the season.

"I think it's a good plan," Ojeleye said. "Obviously, the entire pandemic we've been focused on keeping people healthy, and keeping the players and the fans healthy, that's why we shut (the season) down. I think what we're doing now, easing back into workouts with a few people in the gym is a good plan. Hopefully, going forward we keep people healthy as well."

What has Ojeleye been doing to stay in shape?

"I've been blessed to have a little outdoor space," he said. "I got my hands on some indoor equipment -- some bikes and weights. From there, it's really just about not skipping days. There have been a lot of days where I'm like -- I can't hoop, but I knew I could try to get my cardio in and try get my lifts in. That's what I've been focused on, and hopefully it pays off."

There's been a lot of debate over how much time players need to get into game shape. Some people think a month or even a few weeks is too much, but the long layoff hasn't been like a normal offseason where players are able to play pickup games and train however they choose. Many players have had limited access to workout equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic as gyms and team facilities have been closed.

Ojeleye explained why players need plenty of time to prepare their body and mind for the remainder of the regular season and the ensuing playoffs.

'It's going to be tough. Different guys have different access to weights and facilities," Ojeleye said. "And guys are at different stages of their careers. Some guys are coming off injuries, some guys have had nagging injuries during the year and they've taken a break. Everyone is going to need a little bit more time. I'd say, at least a few weeks at minimum for everyone to get back in shape and to get that feel. As a team, we need our chemistry, and that's going to take time as well."

The Celtics, despite making several roster changes before the 2019-20 season, quickly developed a strong chemistry. While there are reasons to be optimistic the C's will find this chemistry again soon, the process doesn't happen overnight, especially when these players have been unable to play basketball with their teammates during this pandemic.