Tacko Time: Celtics' Fall cheered at MSG in debut

NEW YORK — The New York Knicks were being blown out by double digits in their home opener, and New York fans had viciously booed Dennis Smith Jr., yet with three minutes remaining in what would be an ugly Knicks loss, the Madison Square Garden crowd was on its feet hollering with excitement.

No, they were not cheering for their own players. They were chanting for two-way Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall. “We want Tacko!” fans chanted, clapping for emphasis. “We want Tacko!”

It was garbage time, and the game’s outcome was all but decided when Fall checked in with just under four minutes left in the game. Each time Fall touched the ball, fans went wild. When he backed down a defender in the paint, the crowd cheered like it was Game 7 of the Finals.

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