The Boston Celtics welcomed a very special guest to TD Garden for Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks: Tacko Fall.
Fall, who played college ball at Central Florida, signed with the Celtics after going undrafted in 2019. He never really carved out a significant on-court role in green, but the 7-foot-6 center earned the admiration of his teammates and coaches through his infectious personality, his hard work and his commitment to improving his game. Fall embraced Boston, and Boston embraced Fall.
Fall, 26, signed a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers before this season and spent much of the campaign with the Cleveland Charge of the NBA G League. He appeared in 11 games with the Cavs, averaging 1.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per contest.
The Celtics and Bucks entered Game 5 of their second-round playoff series tied 2-2. Fall won’t play a direct role in trying to overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo and company, but perhaps the good vibes he brought to TD Garden ultimately will help Boston dethrone the defending NBA champions.