Brad Stevens
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The Boston Celtics will play their first scrimmage on Friday ahead of the NBA season restart. Although Boston will play without any fans in the Orlando court, head coach Brad Stevens praised the NBA for its creativity on trying to “spice up” the contest in the absence of the team’s faithful.

“The court, the setup, the video boards around the court, all their plans to use those video boards creatively, some of which they probably are doing now — although I didn’t watch many of the games, but I know they’re holding back some of those ideas — are all ridiculously creative, and I couldn’t say enough good things about the way that they’ve set up those courts there,” Stevens said, per USA TODAY Sports.

The Celtics will be playing this Friday for their first scrimmage exhibition game of the resumed 2019-20 season against the Oklahoma City Thunder.