Carsen Edwards, Tacko Fall early favorites in Celtics preseason opener


It took a while, but the “We want Tacko!” chants eventually paid off for Celtics fans when the fourth quarter rolled around and Tacko Fall finally entered the game.

First, it was the tip-slam.

Tacko with the putback jam!

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 7, 2019

Then Fall had a block that was both effortless and emphatic.


— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) October 6, 2019

But, Fall not getting minutes until the fourth quarter of Boston’s 107-106 win is an early sign he’s probably bound for the G League — unless another team is prepared to give him a better opportunity. He also made a few mistakes that he might iron out with time in the G League.

And Fall wasn’t the only rookie who turned some heads.

Carsen Edwards drilled his first two three-pointers on the night and finished with 11 points on 4-9 shooting (3-for-6 from deep). The Celtics' second-round pick from this year’s draft was the sixth Celtic off the bench, entering the game in the second quarter.

Although Marcus Smart played air-tight defense and Enes Kanter was in control down low on offense, Edwards may have had the most impressive night of any Celtic reserve. His shot is quick and efficient. Easily repeatable.

Edwards also made some contributions on the defensive end. He disrupted more than one fast break.

Here are a few other notes from the Celtics’ win over Charlotte:

—Boston’s interior defense did not look good. The Hornets had too many easy attempts at the rim when the Celtics starters were on the floor.

—More on the defense: Semi Ojeleye was underwhelming. It looked like he was trying to do too much. That could simply be because it was the first game. But as the third guy off the bench for Boston, he needs to have more of an impact on the defensive end.

Offensively, Ojeleye was stagnant and only went 1-for-6 from the floor.

—Jayson Tatum (20 points, 8-for-14 shooting, 3-for-8 from deep) was the Celtics’ best player on the offensive end. Aside from Edwards, he was the only player who was aggressive from start to finish.

—Celtics team doctors took a look at Gordon Hayward’s elbow when he exited the game after logging 22 minutes. He remained on the sideline and received ice.

—Robert Williams had an impressive alley-oop to start the game and a pair of big-time blocks, but he only grabbed two rebounds. Now, he did only log 10 minutes, but there were multiple times where he could have crashed on either end of the floor. That’s one thing Kanter and Vincent Poirier do frequently.

—Javonte Green flies. He went 7-for-7 (1-for-1 from three). Almost all of his baskets were on dunks.