Brad Stevens and the Celtics learned one of the many new advantages of their new format in Orlando.
All-Star Thunder point guard Chris Paul's performance in the Celtics' 98-84 exhibition loss to the Thunder on Friday was one of the first things out of the Celtics head coach's mouth after the game when Stevens cited Paul's presence on and off the court as a new competitive edge in an arena with no fans.
"I thought the most interesting part was when you listen to Chris Paul, the whole place -- there's nobody else in here -- and Chris Paul dominated the game with his voice," Stevens said. "That's going to be critical as you move forward. To be connected, communicating and those types of things. That was a great lesson for us."
Jaylen Brown says the Celtics will have to follow Paul's lead.
The fastest team that makes the adjustments is going to be the better team," Brown said. "So while we're here we got to be vocal, we got to reach out, we got to adjust as fast as we can. Chris Paul did a great job of organizing his team and we got to do a better job of organizing ours."
Celtics will take on the Suns Sunday afternoon in their second scrimmage matchup.
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