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Watch Celtics center Enes Kanter host Tacko Fall for Turkish 'cheat day'

Watch Celtics center Enes Kanter host Tacko Fall for Turkish 'cheat day'

New Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter puts a tremendous amount of effort into his offseason workouts, but he understands that every once in a while it makes sense to treat yourself.

He does that by having a "cheat day," also known as a day where you consume a ton of calories and eat foods you normally wouldn't cook if you're trying to stay healthy or in shape.

Kanter's latest cheat day was Friday, and he hosted Celtics Summer League sensation Tacko Fall for a meal featuring several different Turkish foods. Check out the scene in the video below:

Kanter and Fall are two of the most popular Celtics players right now, and you can bet fans would love to see this duo on the court next season.

Fall, a 7-foot-6 center who went undrafted out of UCF, signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the C's last month and impressed during the team's Summer League tournament run in Las Vegas. 

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" radio show that the team is "trying" to get a contract done with Fall.

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Bittersweet return for Isaiah Thomas against his former Celtics team

Bittersweet return for Isaiah Thomas against his former Celtics team

BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas has proclaimed his love for the city of Boston time and time again. 

But when it comes to facing his former Celtics teammates, who have shown tremendous growth since he was traded, well, that’s another story. 

“As a competitor, I hate it,” Thomas said. “But to see them jelling how they are and playing the best basketball of any team in the NBA right now, you have to take your hats off to them. They have great players, a great coaching staff that’s putting them in position to be successful.”

The Wizards became the latest to find this out the hard way as the Celtics extended their winning streak to nine following a 140-133 victory over Washington. 

Boston (9-1) will begin a five-game Western trip on Friday night against the Golden State Warriors as they hit the road with the best record in the NBA. 

Having that kind of status was something Thomas felt could happen during his time in Boston which included him being named an All-Star in back-to-back seasons. 

But a significant hip injury and a slow recovery time derailed what was shaping up to be a promising future for the last player selected in the 2011 NBA draft. 

Now Thomas finds himself back on the grind trying to prove that the player he was in Boston, can be resurrected in Washington. 

Wednesday’s game, while not ending the way Thomas wanted, was indeed a step in the right direction. 

Thomas finished with 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting along with seven assists.

But considering how dominant a scorer he was while in Boston, Thomas knows he’ll have to string together many more games like that before he will truly be back to the player he once was. 

“It’s tough because I want it all back right now,” Thomas said. “But I can’t skip any steps. I have to take it one day at a time. I’ve been doing that. This opportunity has been good for me; coach [Scott Brooks] believes in me, my teammates believe in me and that’s all that matters.”

Thomas has been a favorite of head coach Brad Stevens since he left, and has remained close to a number of his teammates including Marcus Smart. 

“I.T. was a great teammate,” Smart recently told NBC Sports Boston. “Going through all that he has gone through, not just playing but with life, you want to see him do well, you want to see him succeed.

Smart added with a grin, “but you want to beat him, too.”

And that is what made Wednesday’s game a bittersweet one for Thomas. 

Even though Washington (2-7) has one of the worst records in the NBA, Thomas came into Wednesday’s game confident that he could play well and that Washington would find a way to get the victory. 

For most of the game, the Wizards stayed within striking distance and even played with a lead from time to time. 

In addition to Thomas, Washington also got a big game from All-Star guard Bradley Beal, who led all scorers with 44 points.  

“It felt good to be out there,” Thomas, visibly disappointed, said shortly after the loss. “But I just want to win. We didn’t get the job and that was the most important thing. But overall it felt good to be back and play some meaningful 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.

Jaylen Brown gets revenge on ex-Celtic Isaiah Thomas with ruthless burn

Jaylen Brown gets revenge on ex-Celtic Isaiah Thomas with ruthless burn

BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas took a friendly dig at Jaylen Brown on Tuesday night, calling out his ex-teammate for his "ugly" new haircut.

But Brown got the last laugh Wednesday night at TD Garden.

The 22-year-old guard -- who was a rookie in Thomas' final season in Boston in 2016-17 -- scored 22 points in Boston's 140-133 win over Washington.

Two of those points came against the 5-foot-9 Thomas on an isolation play that Brown seemed to relish.

When asked about the play after the game, Brown fired his return shot at I.T.

"Oh man, he knows. You don't need to say it. He knows he can't guard me," Brown said. 

"He was screaming for help. Maybe his braids was too tight and he thought he could guard me."

Lest you think there's actually any bad blood here, that's just how Brown and Thomas interact. The 30-year-old guard acted as a mentor to Brown in that 2016-17 campaign, and that included plenty of good-natured banter.

"It's great to see him out there," Brown quickly followed up. "Me and I.T. joke back and forth, but I look at I.T. as like a big brother. He's a great teammate, great guy and I'm happy to see him out there playing well."

Thomas dropped a season-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, tallying his first points at TD Garden since his trade to Cleveland in the 2017 offseason.

But Thomas' "little brother" still outscored him by tallying 20-plus points in his third consecutive game, as the Celtics moved to an NBA-best 9-1 on the season.

That's a good way to get even.

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.