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Celtics buy the Maine Red Claws but all the talk is about - who else? - Tacko Fall

Celtics buy the Maine Red Claws but all the talk is about - who else? - Tacko Fall

PORTLAND, Maine -- The day was supposed to be about the Celtics taking over ownership of the Maine Red Claws, a move that strengthens an already Teflon-tough bond that has existed for years between the two franchises. 

“This is important to the Celtics player development efforts,” said Rich Gotham, Celtics team president. “We love the market up here. You might think it’s a hockey state if you didn’t know any better. But you find out quickly it really is a great basketball state, so we’re happy to be in Maine and being in a vibrant city like Portland.”

But anything Celtics-related in some way, shape or form these days will come back to Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-6 sensation who attracts attention anywhere he’s at - and, in this case, where he’ll be in the near future. 

Fall recently signed a two-way contract with the Celtics, which means the bulk of this season will be spent in Maine as a member of the Red Claws, the C's Gatorade League affiliate. 

Undrafted out of Central Florida in last June’s draft, Fall has been on the minds of Red Claws fans for quite a while, actually. 

“After his first appearance in summer league with the Celtics, we couldn’t go a day in the state of Maine without someone asking, “Is Tacko going to be in Maine?” said Dajuan Eubanks, the Red Claws team president.

The good folks of Maine will get their wish now that Fall has been signed to the two-way contract, which allows him to spend no more than 45 days with the Celtics while the rest of his time will be spent with the Red Claws. 

“For us, it’s going to be great to have someone of that stature,” Eubanks said. “He has a lot of promise as well. I’m excited to have him here and develop.”

But TackoMania is clearly not just a New England or Celtics thing. 

Everywhere the Celtics have played, Fall has become an instant fan favorite with chants of “We Want Tacko” beginning sometime around the latter stages of the first quarter or in the second, even though he has played primarily in the fourth quarter this preseason. 

While it’s still to be determined whether he will start or how many minutes he will play, there’s no question that the Red Claws have every intention of finding a way to utilize him on the floor, certainly more than he has been used by the Celtics in the preseason. 

“Development is such a huge part of what we do, making players better on and off the court,” said Austin Ainge, the Celtics’ director of player personnel. “And the G-League has now become an essential part of that.”

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Celtics' Gordon Hayward shares update after undergoing surgery on fractured hand

Celtics' Gordon Hayward shares update after undergoing surgery on fractured hand

Gordon Hayward underwent successful surgery to repair his fractured left hand on Monday. Now, the Celtics will have to wait approximately six weeks for him to return.

Hayward is in good hands until then, as he'll be cared for by his three loving daughters. The C's forward provided his first post-surgery update Tuesday on Instagram -- a photo with his daughters and a caption that reads, “Thank you to everyone for all the support and well wishes. I’m home and being well cared for by my three little nurses!”

Check it out below:

In their first game this season without Hayward, the Celtics (8-1) edged out the Mavericks, 116-106. They'll look to keep it rolling and remain at the top of the Eastern Conference standings when Hayward returns around Christmastime.

Before his injury, Hayward looked to be back to his All-Star self averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.

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The Best of Tommy Heinsohn from Celtics win over Mavericks

The Best of Tommy Heinsohn from Celtics win over Mavericks

The Boston Celtics provided plenty of highlights during their win over the Dallas Mavericks, but the one and only Tommy Heinsohn still found a way to top them all.

NBC Sports Boston's "Tommy Cam" caught a bunch of great moments from the legendary broadcaster and Celtics Hall of Famer on Tuesday night. From some questionable (at least to Heinsohn) calls by the refs to Kemba Walker's clutch fourth-quarter performance, Tommy was fired up to say the least.

You can watch all of Tommy's best moments in the video above.

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