The restless Garden fans started chanting, “We want Tacko’’ midway through the fourth quarter for the popular Celtics 7-foot-5 rookie center Tacko Fall.
And Boston coach Brad Stevens heard it. The jolly green giant came in with 3:38 left and the Celtics comfortably ahead. Fall, who was listed as 7-7 in college at Central Florida, promptly scored on two dunks as the Garden erupted.
It was the first points of his NBA career.
“I didn’t expect it here,’’ Fall said after the Celtics’ 118-95 win over the Knicks. “Boston is home. But at the Garden, it means a lot. It’s a little awkward sometimes. I don’t want to take away too much attention from the team and what we have to do. At the same time, I’m really thankful so many people care about me and want to see me do good whether I’m playing for them or against them. It means a lot.”
The Knicks liked Fall and worked him out, but decided on selecting Ignas Brazdeikis in the second round of the draft in June. Fall went undrafted. One of the reasons Fall got some time was ex-Knick Enes Kanter was back in Boston with a sore knee.
“I still can’t believe it,’’ Fall said. “For a while I’ve dreamed about this moment like a lot of kids have. It’s finally here.”
Stevens said he is high on the center’s work ethic as he fights mobility issues.
“I don’t know if anybody not drafted in the top three has ever felt the stuff he feels when he touches the ball,’’ Stevens mused. “I just want people to appreciate him for how good of a kid he is and how hard he is working to make the NBA. Everyone is yelling because of his size. I get it. But I hope people appreciate him for how hard he is working.’’
Mitchell Robinson left the game in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain, but could’ve continued. He was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field in his second game — scoring 17 points, grabbing six rebounds, blocking three shots and committing four fouls. He said he believed he could have returned.
Allonzo Trier says Kyrie Irving ’s remark about “we’re going to take over the whole entire city’’ was misinterpreted and not a slight at the Knicks.
“He didn’t say that,’’ Trier said. “If you read his comment, it was not what he was trying to say. That’s not what he was trying to say. It wasn’t about the Knicks. It wasn’t about anything like that. I didn’t take anything personally. Kyrie is a really good friend of mine. We spent a lot of time in the summer. Great guy.”
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