Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/25/13
8 a.m. ET: Maybe Josh Smith can give his old high school teammate some pointers on getting through a rough stretch of losses. Smith and the Hawks are 5-8 in January, although they have won their last two by taking care of two sub-.500 clubs. As you might have noticed, that is exactly what the Celtics are at the moment. Rondo’s triple-double was not enough Thursday to prevent the Celtics (20-22) from losing their fifth straight game. One of the few factors working in Boston’s favor is that the Hawks (24-18) are dealing with a sea of injury issues, most notably Lou Williams’ season-ending right knee injury. Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia and Devin Harris are all uncertain in their statuses for this game. The Hawks still have Smith, though, even if the Oak Hill graduate’s numbers are down this season. They are also one of the most dangerous long-range shooting teams in the NBA, and contrary to their shoot-first, pass-seldom reputation, they are actually fourth in the league in assists. Join us for updates and analysis during the game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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