Here are five things we learned from the Hawks' 122-108 victory over the hapless Sacramento Kings on Friday, a high-scoring game that had a 1980s feel, even though Atlanta was decked out in retro uniforms from 1997:
Josh Smith played like a man no longer carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders
The box score indicates that Smith rolled the Kings for 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and one block. But it doesn't reveal how much fun Smith had with the pacing of this up-and-down affair; nor does it cover his enjoyment level when guarding Sacramento forwardcenter DeMarcus Cousins in the paint ... and beyond the arc.
One could draw a few parallels between Smith and Cousins (26 points, 13 boards). They're enigmatic talents in the eyes of the Atlanta and Sacramento media, respectively. They earn their keep wreaking havoc in the paint and on the break. For good measure, they sometimes succumb to the devilish temptation of heaving momentum-killing shots from long range.