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Tacko Fall Sees Extended Action for Celtics in Win over Wizards

Fall finished with 4 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks in 19 minutes

Tacko Fall Washington Wizards v Boston Celtics
Tacko Fall dunks against the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game against Washington.
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Former UCF Knights center Tacko Fall scored four points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in the most extended action of his NBA career Friday night for his Boston Celtics in their 116-107 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Aside from his points total, all were NBA career-highs. But he punctuated his night with several highlights on both sides of the floor.

In the first quarter, he rejected a dunk attempt by Russell Westbrook:

Another angle from above the rim:

In the second quarter, he was on the receiving end of a lob from Jaylen Brown, and ran back on defense to get a block on an ensuing fast break:

Replay:

Tacko was pressed into action after Tristan Thompson, Robert Williams and Grant Williams were all forced out for at least seven days due to the NBA’s COVID protocols. Tonight was the first of five games in seven days for Boston, including two against Orlando and one against Miami (all in Boston).

After the game, head coach Brad Stevens praised Tacko’s presence on the floor and in the locker room:

Fall also spoke to the media afterwards:

Tacko played in seven games for the Celtics last season, but only tallied 33 total minutes. Tonight, in just his second game of the season, he was on the floor for 19.

The Celtics’ next game is Sunday at 7 p.m. against the Miami Heat on NBA TV.