Brad Stevens “couldn’t be happier” for Tacko Fall after his performance against Wizards


Tacko Fall was called up to play the shorthanded Boston Celtics on Friday night, and the big man answered the bell.
Fall quickly made his presence felt in the first quarter of the C’s-Wizards game with a huge block over Russell Westbrook. From there, the 7-foot-5 freak settled for 19 productive minutes on the bench. He would finish with four points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Boston’s 116-107 win.

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No one was happier to see Fall succeed than Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

“I thought he was awesome tonight. I thought he had changed the game in a lot of ways there when he came into the first quarter, it was a back and forth, ”Stevens said after the game. “One of the things that we lacked without these guys here is a little bit of physics and some rim protection. He provided both of those things in a big way, so I thought he was great. ”

“We just made it out in the locker room. I couldn’t be happier for the guy. He goes from undrafted to two-way to always two-way but like last year in the bubble, he didn’t dress half the time… All he does is smile. He’s a great teammate, as good as I am, and he works. He’s just a – he’s a good one for sure. And I’m really happy for him. ”

There could be a lot more Tacko Time where this is coming from. Tristan Thompson, Robert Williams and Grant Williams will miss at least a week due to health and safety protocols, which means Fall will likely be asked to provide more quality minutes for Boston’s second unit.

Next up for the Celtics is a Sunday night game against the Miami Heat. The tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, but be sure to tune in to “Celtics Pregame Live” at 6 p.m. for a preview of the game.


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