The Boston Celtics logged another victory on Friday, defeating the Washington Wizards 116-107. The win featured a noteworthy performance from second-year big man Tacko Fall, who himself made a bold claim after the game.
In his postgame interview, Fall expressed how the game has slowed down for him now that he's in his sophomore season in the league. The 25-year-old Celtics youngster also went on to say that at this point, he is confident that he belongs in the NBA:
“I can see things that maybe a year ago I couldn’t see,” Tacko Fall said, via Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. “I can anticipate things maybe a year ago I couldn’t anticipate…I prayed, I worked hard to be here, I know I belong. It’s just a matter of going out there and doing my job on a consistent basis.”
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens echoed Fall's thoughts. After the victory, the 44-year-old tactician had nothing but good things to say about Tacko:
Stevens says Tacko was "terrific" and that he couldn't be happier for him. He thought Tacko changed the game when he came in during the first half.
"He's a good one, for sure, and I'm really happy for him."
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) January 9, 2021
Fall finished Friday's contest with four points, eight reboundsand three blocked shots in 19 minutes of action. He did not fill the stat sheet by any means, but as Stevens said, he provided the Celtics with a much-needed boost off the bench in the second half.
It was Boston's duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown that led the way for the Celtics in thecontest. Tatum finished with a game-high 32 points on 14-of-27 shooting to go along with three treys, five boards, two dimes and a steal, while Brown amassed 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the floor, with 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The now 7-3 Boston returns to action on Sunday in a testy matchup against the Miami Heat.