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NBA general managers vote Brad Stevens as league's top coach

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NBA general managers vote Brad Stevens as league's top coach

Brad Stevens has his hands full these days, but chances are he'll be able to fix the problems he's dealing with.

But don't take our word for it. Ask the NBA's general managers.

In NBA.com's 17th annual GM Survey, Stevens was named the league's best coach -- and by a wide margin -- and ranked high across a wide spectrum of categories:

  • BEST COACH -- Stevens 47 percent; San Antonio's Gregg Popovich, 30; Houston's Mike D'Antoni and Golden State's Steve Kerr, 7 each.
  • WHICH COACH MAKES THE BEST IN-GAME ADJUSTMENTS -- Stevens, 53 percent; Popovich, 13; Dallas' Rick Carlisle and Utah's Quin Snyder, 10 each; L.A. Clippers' Doc Rivers and Miami's Erik Spoelstra, 7 each.
  • WHICH HEAD COACH IS THE BEST MANAGER/MOTIVATOR OF PEOPLE -- Popovich, 47 percent; Kerr, 20; Stevens, 17; Spoelstra, 7.
  • WHICH HEAD COACH RUNS THE BEST OFFENSE -- Kerr, 40 percent; D'Antoni, 23; Stevens, 20; Snyder, 13; Portland's Terry Stotts, 3.
  • WHICH HEAD COACH HAS THE BEST DEFENSIVE SCHEMES -- Snyder, 33 percent; Stevens, 30; Popovich, 13; Kerr and Minnesota's Tom Thibodeau, 7 each.

He's the only coach who pops up in all five of those surveys.

Some other interesting notes . . . 

The Warriors are overwhelming favorites to win the NBA title, garnering 87 percent of the vote, but the Celtics and Rockets are tied for second at 7 percent each. (Doesn't add up to 100 percent -- it totals 101 -- but . . . )

The Celtics are an even more overwhelming favorite to win the East, with 90 percent of the vote compared to 10 for the Raptors.

The C's were voted the second-best defensive team in the league (though they haven't shown it so far), getting 34 percent of the vote to Utah's 45.

They were rated the second-most fun team to watch, at 17 percent behind Golden State's 60

They have the second-most "promising young core" of talent, at 33 percent to Philadelphia's 47.

And among individual players . . . 

Jayson Tatum was tied with Brandon Ingram (10 percent) for second place, behind Jamal Murray, as player most likely to have a breakout season.

Kyrie Irving was tied for third with Chris Paul, behind Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, as best point guard, and also received some MVP votes (but wasn't in the top four) and some votes as best pure shooter (not in the top two). In addition, he was listed fourth -- behind Kevin Durant, Curry and LeBron James -- as the player you want want taking a shot with the game on the line.

Al Horford was rated the fourth-best leader in the NBA, with 7 percent of the vote behind LeBron, Paul and Curry.  He also received some votes as best center, but wasn't in the top three

Marcus Smart tied LeBron, at 13 percent, as the second-toughest player in the NBA, behind Oklahoma City's Steven Adams. He also received some votes as most versatile defender, but wasn't in the top three.

Smart and Terry  Rozier tied for fourth as bench player who makes the biggest impact when he enters a game, at 7 percent each

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So, just how tall is Celtics' fan favorite and fast-growing legend Tacko Fall?

7-foot-7? 7-6? 7-5?

All those heights have been used in stories on the rookie, who will split time between Boston and the Celtics' Gatorade affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, this season.

When the NBA 2K20 video game used Fall as an example of NBA players "shrinking" after their official measurements are listed on rosters, the rookie begged to differ.

Give Tacko the inch, even without shoes?

Whatever the height, Fall making like Tom Brady in a Red Claws practice Thursday is a must-watch: 

As is the big man's bowling prowess with his teammates this week at Marcus Smart's charity event.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Warriors, which tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Injury updates on Theis (finger) and Williams (ankle) on eve of Celtics' trip west

Injury updates on Theis (finger) and Williams (ankle) on eve of Celtics' trip west

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics may not have to dig as deep into their big man well for their game Friday night against the Golden State Warriors. 

Daniel Theis and Robert Williams III, both unable to play in the 140-133 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, are listed as questionable for the game Friday vs. Golden State in San Francisco, the opener of the C's five-game trip west. 

Theis was unable to play due to a sprained little finger in his right hand.

Following Boston’s win over the Dallas Mavericks, Theis told NBC Sports Boston that he dislocated his finger twice and popped it back in place both times. 

“I just try to help the team any way I can,” Theis said. 

Williams missed the Wizards game due to a sore right ankle that has progressed but it remains to be seen if it has healed to the point where the 6-foot-10 big man can play Friday.

Boston has won nine in a row and the one bright spot with all the Celtics injuries at center is it has allowed others an opportunity to play a more significant role. 

Enes Kanter got his second start of the season against Washington and will likely be in the starting lineup on Friday night if Theis can’t play. 

Against Washington, Kanter had a near double-double of 13 points and nine rebounds. 

Boston also got nice contributions from rookie center Vincent Poirier, who had three points, four rebounds and three assists in nine minutes. 

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Warriors, which tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.