Taco Fall was called to escalate for the stenographer Boston Celtics Friday night, and the old man answered the bell.
Fall soon made his presence felt in the first quarter of the C-Wizards’ match with the Huge block on Russell Westbrook. From there, the 7-foot-5 phenomenon settled for 19 minutes on the bench. He finished the match with four points, eight rebounds, and three blocks in Boston’s 116–107 win.
No one was happier to see Val succeed than Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
Stevens said after the match, “I thought he was cool tonight. I thought he changed the game in so many ways when he got into the first quarter, it was swaying.” “One of the things we would have missed without these guys here is some fitness and some edge protection. He provided those two in a big way, so I thought it was cool.”
“We just picked it up in the locker room. I couldn’t be happier for a guy. It goes from unpolished to bi-directional to still two-way but like last year in a bubble, he’s not wearing half the time … all he does is smile.” He’s an amazing teammate, as I’ve been good, and he works. He’s just – he’s a good person for sure. And I’m really happy for him. “
There can be a lot of Tacko time where that came from. Tristan Thompson, Robert Williams and Grant Williams will be absent for at least one week due to health and safety protocols, which means Val will likely be required to provide more high-quality minutes for the second unit in Boston.
Next up for the Celtics is Sunday night’s match against the Miami Heat. The exit tip is set at 7 PM ET, but be sure to set “Celtics Pregame Live” at 6 PM to preview the match.