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Celtics playoff schedule: Dates for Round 2 series vs. Cavs or Magic

Celtics playoff schedule: Dates for Round 2 series vs. Cavs or Magic originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics are on a mission.

The Celtics routed the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their first-round NBA playoff matchup at TD Garden on Wednesday night, cruising to a 118-84 win that gave them a 4-1 series victory and punched their ticket to the second round. Outside a Game 2 loss in which Miami set a franchise playoff record for 3-pointers, Boston won every game by at least 14 points and outscored the Heat by an average of 15.5 points over five contests.

The win gives the Celtics some extra rest, as they’re still awaiting their Eastern Conference semifinals opponent, the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic. Game 7 of that series is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET after the Magic took Game 6 in Orlando.

Game 1 of Boston’s second-round series is now set for Tuesday, May 7, meaning the team will have almost a full week off from its last game. That might be a welcome development for the Celtics, who expect to be without injured big man Kristaps Porzingis for at least the next one to two weeks and could use as much extra time as possible for his rehab.

The dates for Boston’s Round 2 series are set, as are start times for Games 1 through 4. Check out the full series schedule below.

NBC Sports Boston will have coverage beginning an hour before every game with Celtics Pregame Live, as well as halftime coverage with Celtics Halftime Live and postgame coverage with Celtics Postgame Live.

  • Game 1: Cavs/Magic vs. Celtics; Tuesday, May 7 — 7 p.m. ET (TNT)

  • Game 2: Cavs/Magic vs. Celtics; Thursday, May 9 — 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)

  • Game 3: Celtics at Cavs/Magic; Saturday, May 11 — 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

  • Game 4: Celtics at Cavs/Magic; Monday, May 13 — 7 p.m. ET (TNT)

  • Game 5:* Cavs/Magic vs. Celtics, Wednesday, May 15

  • Game 6:* Celtics at Cavs/Magic; Friday, May 17

  • Game 7:* Cavs/Magic vs. Celtics; Sunday, May 19

*If necessary

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