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Tacko Fall's per-minute stats from brief Celtics debut are ridiculous

Tacko Fall's per-minute stats from brief Celtics debut are ridiculous

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Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall made his highly-anticipated debut Saturday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.

He only played three minutes but made the most of them, finishing with four points on 2-of-4 shooting (two dunks, obviously) with three rebounds.

Four points in an NBA debut: nothing to write home about, right?

Wrong. Check out Fall's scoring and rebounding averages per 36 minutes, per our @NBCSCeltics Twitter account:

Yes, that's 48 points and 36 rebounds per 36 minutes. And if you remove sample size qualifiers, that's second in the NBA, ahead of the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyrie Irving and Trae Young.

That got us wondering: What other crazy Tacko stats could we dig up if we ignore sample size? Quite a lot, it turns out.

From NBA.com's advanced stats page, as of Saturday night:

USAGE RATE

1. Tacko Fall -- 62.5%
2. Kawhi Leonard -- 39.3%

POINTS PER 100 POSSESSIONS

1. Trae Young -- 50.7
T-2. Tacko Fall -- 50.0
T-2. Karl-Anthony Towns -- 50.0
4. Kyrie Irving -- 49.0

POINTS PER 100 PLAYS

1. Tacko Fall -- 50.0
2. Trae Young -- 46.4
3. Kyrie Irving -- 43.9

POINTS PER 48 MINUTES

1. Elie Okobo -- 72.6
T-2. Tacko Fall -- 52.8
3. Karl-Anthony Towns -- 52.8
4. Kyrie Irving -- 52.6

There you have it, folks. Tacko Fall gets more touches than Kawhi Leonard and is a more efficient scorer than Karl-Anthony Towns and Kyrie Irving.

This is all tongue-in-cheek, obviously. Fall likely will be heading up to Maine to join the Red Claws once Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter return from injury, and he still has plenty of development ahead of him.

But for one night, at least, we can put the 7-foot-6 big man in the same sentence of NBA superstars.

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Celtics get swimming lessons from Olympic medalists Cullen Jones, Elizabeth Beisel

Celtics get swimming lessons from Olympic medalists Cullen Jones, Elizabeth Beisel

Sunday was an eventful off-day for several of the Boston Celtics' stars, who got to hang with some of the finest American swimmers we'll see this summer in Tokyo.

Kemba Walker got some schwag from Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones and Elizabeth Beisel:

 

Elsewhere, Grant Williams got in the pool and took some lessons:

The swimmers teamed up with the Celtics to encourage more youths to pick up swimming. The benefits, as Williams explained, are manifold:

"Itโ€™s not only about learning a skill, but itโ€™s just fun. I enjoyed being in the water," Williams said. "It felt pretty cool to be able to say you know how to swim, and itโ€™s a workout. Some people hate lifting weights. Some people hate running. Swimming is one of those things that gets your whole body into it โ€” your arms, your legs โ€” and youโ€™re breathing, so I think it not only allows you to live longer, but look a little bit better as you get up there in age."

Even Danny Ainge was getting in on the fun . . .

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Jaylen Brown (thumb) and Kemba Walker (knee) questionable for Celtics vs. Lakers

Jaylen Brown (thumb) and Kemba Walker (knee) questionable for Celtics vs. Lakers

The Boston Celtics are going to be facing a tough task on Monday afternoon as they look to snap a three-game losing streak. They'll be taking on the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers in the Lakers' only trip to Boston of the regular season.

But in the game, the Celtics may be down a few key players.

According to the team's official Twitter account, both Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker are questionable for the game while Robert Williams will once again be out with a hip injury.

Brown has missed the last two games, both losses, with a thumb injury while Walker missed Saturday night's loss to the Suns with a sore right knee. The team would probably like to get at least one of them back given their recent struggles (2-6 in their past eight games).

Brown has averaged 20 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game this season for the Celtics and is shooting an efficient 49.2 percent from the field. Walker, meanwhile, is the team's leading scorer and he has averaged 22.1 points per game to go along with a team-high 4.9 assist per game. If both miss the game, the C's will seriously miss their respective presences. 

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That said, the Celtics could benefit from the Lakers not being at full strength for the contest. They have a couple of key players that will be questionable in the lead-up to the game and that includes Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

Davis has missed the last five Lakers games with the injury and the fact that he didn't practice on Sunday morning could make him truly questionable for the game. So far this season, Davis is averaging 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.6 blocks per game for the Lakers and has served as a perfect superstar complement to LeBron James.

As for Rondo, the former Celtic has been a great bench option for the Lakers and is averaging 7.6 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game as the team's sixth man. Rondo has missed the past three games with his finger injury and it remains to be seen if he'll be ready to return in front of the TD Garden crowd.

We'll have more updates on these players as tip-off for Monday night's game draws nearer.

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