Boston – Celtics newcomer Tacko Fall sat on the bench for the first three quarters of Sunday's pre-game card at TD Garden against fans of listening to Charlotte Hornets fans; I.
But when the 7-foot-7 center finally got a chance to check out the NBA game for the first time in the fourth quarter, he said that feeling any pressure to deliver was the last thing on his mind.
"Pressure?" asked Autumn afterwards. "I feel like I'm dreaming.
" I'm in the Garden playing with the Celtics and all these players. There is no pressure. It's just a matter of going out and having fun. "
The Fall and the Celtics did a lot in the fourth quarter. The UCF product ended with five points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in eight" Boston emerged with a 107-106 victory over Charlotte.
"I feel I have done my job," Fall said. – I went there, did what I needed to do in defense, and when [Celtics coach Brad Stevens] called. my name is offensive. Just be patient, just do everything I had to do.
"I was just trying to get out there and not try to do too much. I know that with adrenaline pumping, sometimes you tend to try, but I was just trying to be closed all the time."
Back in the first quarter, fans kept calling him Fall, urging Stevens to bring him into the game. One day in the second quarter, in the middle of one round of singing, Stevens moved on to Autumn and talked about it, after which they both smiled.
"I was just talking to Takko about it." said Stevens. "Takko is such a compassionate guy and it puts him in such a tough place, right? He knows he doesn't want to give me extra heat. Everyone wants Takko. My kids are the same as everyone else. I think it's cool, and but I'm just hoping that people continue to appreciate him for being a human being and for how hard he works to try to make it to the NBA, because he's a really good kid and he's really, really hard at work, and I think he'll be in the NBA for a long time. "
"I told the coach, I was like, 'I saw how it would be,'" Padin said. "But I was just trying to stay locked in the game. It was my first NBA game ever; i didn't know when i was going to go. If not, I was just trying to be prepared and just get ready to do my job when the coach called me. "
It did eventually happen in the fourth quarter, however, the Fall almost instantly rewarded the fans by taking away the ball. from the rim after missing Tremont Waters and hammering him with two hands, drawing a massive standing ovation. In a short time, he received another for attempting an attempt on the stands. "said guard Kemba Walker, who also played his first game in the Celtics' uniform – and did so against the only team he had previously played in an NBA career. "Once Coach Stevens called him, the standing ovations he received were simply unrealistic. We all went along with him on the bench. We were so happy for him. Most of all, he is such a good man. He is such a good kid, great fun to be around; it works extremely hard. So he deserves a standing ovation. I'm very happy for him. "
Although Fall has attracted all the attention, a player who seems to be able to knock him out. For Boston's latest ranking, starting player Javonte Green received a sensational 10:54 court time performance – all of that happened in the fourth quarter and came out of the field 7-on-7 and finished with 15 points, four rebounds and an assist, as well as scoring with a few bouncing eyes.
Green said later that this was the first NBA game that he ever visited a person in his life.
"It was amazing," said Green. "This is my first NBA game I have ever attended, even watch or watch. Playing in front of people at TD Garden was a wonderful feeling. You just want to go out and play the hardest for the fans. "
The only potential note of concern will come out of this game – except for the ugly defensive performance overall – Gordon Hayward left the game in the third quarter with a left hand problem. He said he didn't know how his hand hurt, but he has trouble bending it or stretching it by doing something in the first half.
"I don't know," Hayward said when asked what happened to his hand. "It happened in the first half. It is difficult to bend or straighten it to the end. Then in the second, I thought he would relax, but he wasn't very relaxed. Something happened in the first half, but we "I'll work on it."
In previous seasons of play, Hayward had two wonderful, explosive rim rims that was lacking in his repertoire as he continued to recover from leg and ankle injuries. the season before.