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Celtics' 7-6 Tacko Fall's concussion came from hitting his head on the ceiling

Celtics' 7-6 Tacko Fall's concussion came from hitting his head on the ceiling

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It's one of the occupational hazards of being 7-foot-6.

Low ceilings.

And it's why Celtics center Tacko Fall wound up in the NBA's concussion protocol.

At practice Saturday, Brad Stevens told reporters that Fall, the C's rookie center who has become a cult hero in his brief time in Boston, had hit his head the previous day and the team was being cautious with him. 

Who hit Fall in the head? Turns out it was the ceiling.

Fall told MassLive.com's John Karalis that he was trying to wash his hands after a workout last Friday at the Auerbach Center, the C's practice facility, but didn’t notice the low ceiling and hit his head. 

He initially didn't think he had hurt himself too badly and even participated in the team's swim lesson event at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club, then returned to the Auerbach Center later in the day to get more work in.

Fall traveled with the team to Philadelphia for the season opener and was on the bench in a very large suit. He's been ruled out of the home opener Friday night against the Raptors, but he's expected to be out of the concussion protocol and cleared to play soon.

Just watch those ceilings.

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Jayson Tatum shouts out Celtics' Kara Lawson for landing Duke head coach job

Jayson Tatum shouts out Celtics' Kara Lawson for landing Duke head coach job

Kara Lawson is pulling a reverse Jayson Tatum.

The Duke women's basketball team announced Saturday it has named Lawson its new head coach, meaning she'll leave her role as a Boston Celtics assistant coach after this season to join the Blue Devils.

The Celtics will be sad to see Lawson go after her lone season as the first female assistant coach in franchise history. But Tatum, who starred at Duke before coming to Boston, approves of her next gig.

From one Tatum "family" to another.

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Lawson technically leaves behind two Duke alumni, as Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye played two seasons for the Blue Devils from 2013 to 2015 before transferring to SMU.

Tatum is a proud supporter of his alma mater -- where he spent just one season in 2016-17 before the Celtics drafted him No. 3 overall -- so his excitement for Lawson is understandable.

Tatum also will be hoping Lawson can help the Blue Devils back on track after they failed to reach the NCAA Tournament last season for just the second time in 25 years.

Celtics' Kara Lawson accepts Duke women's basketball head coach job

Celtics' Kara Lawson accepts Duke women's basketball head coach job

UPDATE (1:40 p.m. ET): Duke officially announced Kara Lawson as its next women's basketball head coach Saturday on social media.

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Kara Lawson indeed won't return for a second season with the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics assistant coach has accepted the Duke women's basketball head coaching job, NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely has confirmed. 

The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn first reported Saturday that Lawson accepted the Duke job, which became available after Blue Devils head coach Joanne McAllie announced last week she wouldn't return for a 14th season.

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Lawson made history last July when the Celtics hired her as the first female assistant coach in franchise history. The former University of Tennessee star and 13-year WNBA veteran -- who also served as an ESPN analyst after her WNBA career -- now can add "head coach" to her impressive basketball résumé.

Lawson also will break a barrier at Duke as the first Black head coach in the women's basketball program's history. If her comments last July are any indication, the Virginia native will work tirelessly to restore the Blue Devils to prominence after they failed to reach the NCAA Tournament in 2019.

"My mindset is being the first to do something is great; I want to be the best," Lawson said after joining the Celtics. “I don’t want to be the best of my gender. I want to be the best in the league."

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