Red Sox aren't only Boston sports team returning to action Friday

Ryan Hannable
July 24, 2020 - 10:44 am

The Red Sox have received the bulk of the attention this week with the regular season getting underway Friday night at Fenway Park, but they aren't the only Boston team returning to action.

Down in Orlando, the Celtics will play their first of three scrimmages before the league officially restarts the season next week.

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They will take on the Thunder at 5 p.m. and the game will be televised on NBC Sports Boston. This will be their first game on TV since the March 11 shutdown.

The big story with the Celtics the last week or so has been the health of Kemba Walker. The All-Star will not play as he and the team take it slow with him due to a sore left knee.

“I ain’t playing tomorrow, but I would,” Walker said to reporters Thursday. “I’m good, man. I feel really good, actually. Really fun to get out there with my teammates. Yeah, the knee feels good. I’m trending upwards. After what I do each day the knee feels well. I’m in a good place right now.”

The games will be 10-minute quarters, so it will be interesting to see how Brad Stevens and other teams handle substitutions.

Teams begun playing Wednesday so Stevens has had a chance to check of some of the action.

“The court, the setup, the video boards around the court, all of their plans to use those video boards creatively, some of which they’re probably doing now, although I didn’t watch many of the games,” Stevens said to reporters. “But I know they’re holding back some of those ideas, they’re all like ridiculously creative and I couldn’t say enough good things about the way they’ve set up those courts. When I first walked in, I actually toured it with Masai Ujiri and Kyle Lowry and I think were all kind of blown away by the setup.”

After Friday, the Celtics will have exhibition games against the Suns on Sunday and then the Rockets Tuesday.

The Celtics will resume the regular season next Friday against the Bucks.

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