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The Enes Kanter Show: What makes Tacko Fall so popular and likeable?

The Enes Kanter Show: What makes Tacko Fall so popular and likeable?

Tacko Fall has become a very popular player in Boston and throughout the NBA since he made his Celtics debut in the 2019 Summer League, and that love doesn't just involve fans.

His Celtics teammates really enjoy being around him, too. Celtics center Enes Kanter, who signed with Boston as a free agent in July, has developed a friendship with Fall, and he explained on the debut episode of NBC Sports Boston's weekly "The Enes Kanter Show" podcast why the 7-foot-5 center is a "rock star."

"He's not just a fan favorite, he's a player favorite, too," Kanter said. "It's just so nice to be around that guy -- because obviously he's an amazing basketball player, and I watched him in summer league and I was like, 'This dude is gonna be a rock star.' Not a superstar, a rock star.

"Obviously, he works hard and he's always playing basketball and everything, but what makes him a rock star is his personality and his character. He's one of the most kind players you will see, and the players want to be around him because he always brings positive energy and he is that glue guy. That's why I think the fans love him. That's what's going to make him a rock star. I'm excited about him. He's going to be special in this league."

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Fall has played in one regular season game -- Oct. 26 versus the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Knicks fans were chanting "Tacko!" in the fourth quarter, and when he entered the game, the 23-year-old center scored four points with three rebounds in four minutes of action. Each of Fall's baskets created as much excitement and cheering as MSG has seen all season (sorry, Knicks), which really shows you how much of a fan favorite he has become.

The Celtics have a deep roster, so Fall will play plenty of games with the G-League's Maine Red Claws throughout the 2019-20 season to continue developing his skills. Still, Tacko Fall is going to be a fan favorite regardless of where he plays. He has the type of game and charisma fans really enjoy.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Wizards, which tips off Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Celtics-Pacers simulation: Can Kemba Walker, C's keep up their hot streak?

Celtics-Pacers simulation: Can Kemba Walker, C's keep up their hot streak?

The NBA season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we have to wait a while to watch the Boston Celtics again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Celtics action, we'll be using the NBA 2K20 video game to simulate each game on the schedule until they finally return.

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The Celtics were supposed to take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Here's how our simulation of that game went:

CELTICS STATS

Kemba Walker (28 points) and Gordon Hayward (19 points) carried the load offensively in what ended up being one of the lowest-scoring games for the Celtics in their past few simulations, which just goes to show how on fire they've been. They shined on the defensive end, tallying eight total steals and eight blocks.

With the game pretty much in hand, the C's second unit played for the entire fourth quarter. Rookie Romeo Langford was solid in his 12 minutes, contributing nine points, a steal, and an assist.

PACERS STATS

This was a disastrous offensive performance by the Pacers as they were unable to get any semblance of momentum throughout the contest. Malcolm Brogdon struggled from the field but was able to get nine of his 17 points from the free-throw line. Domontas Sabonis was the only real bright spot as he shot 7-for-10 from the field for 16 points while bringing down nine rebounds.

TEAM STATS

All you need to do is look at the field goal percentages and 3-point percentages (ZERO for Indiana!) to figure out what happened here. Boston dominated in pretty much every other major category too, despite possessing the ball for nine minutes less than the Pacers.

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 101, Pacers 77

Four games remain in the NBA 2K Celtics' regular-season schedule as they ride a 12-game win streak into their matchup vs. the Orlando Magic. Can they extend the streak to 13? Check back Friday to find out.

Celtics Talk Podcast: Mike Gorman debates the best trades in C's history

Celtics Talk Podcast: Mike Gorman debates the best trades in C's history

With no Boston Celtics basketball on the docket for a while due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's no better time to reminisce on some of the greatest moves in the team's history.

NBC Sports Boston's longtime Celtics play-by-play voice Mike Gorman joined the latest Celtics Talk Podcast to discuss the best trades the organization has made. Of course, the ones for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that formed the "Big Three" immediately come to mind. But to Gorman, the best deal in franchise history is a no-brainer.

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Gorman's No. 1 Celtics trade ever is the one that brought the great Bill Russell to Boston.

When Red [Auerbach] got Russell -- I mean, when you pull off a trade where you get three Hall of Famers in the first round of the draft, 'cause K.C. Jones was on the tail end of that and nobody talks about him. Tommy [Heinsohn] was the rookie of the year. And you get Bill Russell, who goes on to win 11 championships and is MVP five times.

That's got to be the best trade ever for Ed Macauley who was a good player but certainly not a great player. And Cliff Hagan who was a good player but not a great player. Neither one of those guys was going to do anything anywhere near what Bill Russell did to the Celtics. I think the Russell trade has to be the best trade maybe in the history of sports.

The runner-up? That would be the deal 40 years ago that landed Hall of Famers Robert Parish and Kevin McHale.

Again, it was a situation where Red traded and ended up with two Hall of Famers and gave up Joe Barry Carroll whose whole career was a massive disappointment. You would have thought that no one would deal with Red again [after the Russell trade] ... But yeah, to get Kevin McHale and Robert Parish in a draft, and both of them end up going to the Hall of Fame, and you gave up a guy again who had a marginal career ... 

Gorman also discussed what he's been up to in quarantine, as well as what the Celtics' ceiling is if/when the season resumes.

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