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.