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Celtics vs. Raptors live stream: C’s aim for 3-0 series lead originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics have a great opportunity in front of them entering Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series versus the Toronto Raptors.

A win for the C’s on Thursday night would give them a commanding 3-0 series lead.

It won’t be easy for the Celtics, though. The Raptors have been here before. Toronto was trailing 0-2 in last year’s Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks and then won four consecutive games to earn an NBA Finals berth.

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However, the Raptors did have arguably the best player in the NBA in Kawhi Leonard last year, and he no longer plays for Toronto, but the experience the team’s players gained from that Bucks series should help them against the Celtics.

The Celtics didn’t play anywhere close to their best in Game 2 and still escaped with a 102-99 win. If they take better care of the ball and get better shooting nights from Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown, a 3-0 series advantage could be theirs.

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Here’s how to watch Game 3 between the Celtics and Raptors.

When: Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN

BEFORE THE GAME: At 5:30 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Brian Scalabrine, Abby Chin, Kyle Draper, Kendrick Perkins, Chris Forsberg and C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Celtics Halftime Live. 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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