Brooklyn had a rough time already this week competing against Atlanta without facing Josh Smith.
Things could get even tougher for the Nets with the Hawks star in the lineup for Friday night's rematch.
With Smith back from his one-game suspension, the Hawks look to snap a five-game road skid while trying for a seventh consecutive victory over the Nets in the finale of this home-and-home matchup.
Playing without Smith, who was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for "conduct detrimental to the team'' following an incident in practice Tuesday, Atlanta (22-16) posted a 109-95 home win over Brooklyn (23-16) on Wednesday. Jeff Teague had a career-high 28 points with 11 assists while Zaza Pachulia added 13, 11 rebounds and eight assists as the undersized Hawks owned a 29-12 advantage in fast-break points and shot a season-high 57.7 percent.
"We were good,'' said coach Larry Drew, whose team shot a season-low 29.3 percent Monday at Chicago in a 97-58...