Due to being matched up against the long and lengthy Milwaukee Bucks lineup tonight, could the Boston Celtics find it useful to bestow ample minutes to the 7-5 supergiant Tacko Fall?
During Saturday night’s blowout victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the crowd came alive late in the fourth quarter when the league’s most intriguing center checked into the game for the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter.
Like in Orlando during the preseason, the opposing crowd begged for Tacko Fall, and lost its collective minds when the UCF product checked into the game. In just four minutes of garbage time, Fall was a small-sample-size superstar, recording four points and three rebounds in four minutes of action.
Now, sitting at 2-1 with a multi-game win-streak, Boston will look to keep the ball rolling tonight as they square off against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. As the 2018-19 Boston Celtics learned in the Eastern Conference semi finals this past may, the number one fear the Celtics should have of the deer is overwhelming length and height all across the lineup.
Since their second round trouncing of the Celtics, Milwaukee has only managed to get bigger, as they now roster five players who are listed at 6-10 or taller–two of which being legitimate seven-footers.
Luckily, Boston also has several big-men that crack the 7-feet-tall benchmark…including Fall, who stands head and shoulders above some of the tallest athletes in the world. Could his size be of use to the Boston Celtics in their second Wednesday night primetime ESPN showcase?
A quick scan of the injury report tells us that it certainly could be:
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs Milwaukee:
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With Enes Kanter a scratch and Daniel Theis looking less than 100%, the Celtics may need to deploy their “in-case-of-emergency” bigs. Robert Williams has served as a spot-starter, including against the Knicks this past Saturday. Vincent Poirier has been sparingly used as he adjusts to the American game after spending the entirety of his career overseas.
Fall looked better than Poirier on Saturday, and has the potential to be a game-changing force if he can stay healthy. Luckily, Fall is healthy at the moment and should be given the chance to sink or swim in an early season test against last year’s top team in the NBA.
With the Senegalese supergiant on a two-way deal, the clock is ticking for Brad Stevens to maximize the time he has access to Fall with the option to give him extra seasoning with the Maine Red Claws. Throwing him out there against the Bucks could be a good way to gauge where his progress is in his development.
There can’t be a fear of exposing Fall early or overworking him. He was brought on for his towering size and rebounding / shot-blocking potential. Why wait to see if Fall can swim in the deep waters?
Stevens and the Boston Celtics have very little to lose by deploying him, given the dearth of better options. Even if it’s for a few minutes in a reserve role, for the Boston faithful and fans of the entire league, Wednesday night should be Tacko time!