With Tacko Fall in Boston on Friday, the “We want Tacko” chants were bound to happen. Especially with the then 11-17 Pistons visiting.
But what happened at the Garden in the Celtics’ 114-93 win was next-level. (For a complete recap of the Celtics' win, click here.)
So much so that Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both shooting above 50% en route to matching 26-point performances were modest highlights.
Same goes for Grant Williams’ 18-point performance, in which he made not one but two 3-pointers.
It was all about Tacko.
He was on the floor for 4:31, and every fan was on their feet for every second of the action. The excitement was on par with that of a playoff game — minus the tension.
“Tonight was intense,” Fall said. “Usually (the chants) are like once or twice, but I feel like it started in the third quarter and it just kept going.”
It helped that the Celtics cruised past the depleted Pistons. Even with Kemba Walker going 0-for-6 from the floor — and no Marcus Smart or Gordon Hayward — the Celtics didn’t seem to break a sweat throughout.
That allowed all the Celtics to get in on the action
“(Tatum) tried to force me to go in (early) at first,” Fall said.
Tatum confirmed Fall’s accusation.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously, the crowd wanted him in the game,” Tatum said. “We wanted Tacko in the game. So, trying to get him in there as early as I could.”
Even Brad Stevens egged the crowd on at one point.
Though, that wasn’t solely because of the mayhem at the Garden. A member of Stevens’ family gave him an order before Friday’s game: play Tacko.
“My family is out of town and I was talking to them before the game, and I was kind of going through the injury report,” Stevens said. “Brady (Stevens’ son) was asking me all kinds of questions about who we were going to match up with (Andre) Drummond and what we were going to do. Kinsley (Stevens’ daughter) pipes in from the care, she said, ‘It’s time to give the people what they want.’ And that’s all she said.
“I was laughing the whole time everybody was chanting because all I could think about was Kinsley leading the cheers.”
It was a wild night. Hard to imagine Celtics fans could top that — outside of an Eastern Conference or NBA Finals win.
Whether they’re able to or not, Fall continues to express the support is a blessing.
And even though the fanbase is already smitten by Fall, he knows there’s still plenty more work ahead of him if he wants to become a consistent contributor for the Celtics.
“I still have a long way to go,” he said. “Just got to stay the course, trust in the plan that they have for me and things will work out.”
The Boston Celtics are 1-0 when Tacko Fall (five points) outscores Kemba Walker (two points).
Also, here’s a little something extra...
Even with everything that happened with Fall, Robert Williams’ answer to the Celtics’ jumbotron video bit “What’s your favorite holiday movie?” might’ve been the most bizarre thing from Friday's game: