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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 loss, Atlanta's sixth in seven games. "With Josh we're better. That's just the bottom line.
"It will be good to get Josh back. (Thursday) when Josh shows up, he will get a big hug from me.''
Though Smith averages a team-leading 16.5 points and is second with 8.3 rebounds, Atlanta has increased the tempo while averaging 107.3 and shooting 53.9 percent to beat Brooklyn, Oklahoma City and Indiana in the three games Smith has missed this season. Teague has averaged 19.7 points in those contests - 6.6 above his average.
However, interim Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo knows his team could face an even greater challenge against the Hawks with Smith on the floor.
"They were a very, very good team without Josh,'' said Carlesimo, who has guided the Nets to a 9-2 record since taking over for the fired Avery Johnson. "You've got to think they're going to be a better team when they add a player of his caliber on Friday.''
Smith has scored a combined 20 points in his last two games, but has totaled 56 in his last two against the Nets.
Though Atlanta has averaged 82.2 points in its last five road contests, it's shot 50.0 percent while averaging 102.8 during a six-game winning streak against the Nets. Al Horford had 17 with 13 rebounds while former Nets guard Devin Harris added 18 points, five assists and four steals to help Atlanta snap Brooklyn's season-high seven-game winning streak Wednesday.
"Early you could see that the energy was there,'' Drew said. "They came out and took the attack to Brooklyn. You have to play like that when you've been struggling.''
Brook Lopez scored 22 while Joe Johnson had 15 on 4-of-15 shooting in his first trip to Atlanta since the Hawks traded him to Brooklyn in July. After shooting 39.4 percent from 3-point range over the previous seven contests, the Nets went 4 of 26 from beyond the arc in the second of back-to-back games.
"We're flat-out exhausted,'' Carlesimo said.
Though their overall winning streak ended, the Nets look for a season-high seventh consecutive victory at the Barclays Center. Johnson has averaged 20.0 points and gone 8 of 15 from 3-point range in the last three games at home.
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In the midst of a season-worst stretch of losing seven of their last nine games, the Atlanta Hawks announced that standout forward Josh Smith will be suspended one game for conduct deemed detrimental to the team.
Josh and I discussed the issue and he understood and accepted this course of action." Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement...
Josh Smith has been heavily involved in the rumor circuit this season. There is talk that the Atlanta Hawks could trade him, or they could re-sign him to an extension. In addition to the constant rumors, it seems Smith has become frustrated over the team's recent play. He let that frustration get the best of him, acted out in practice, and was suspended for last night...
It seems like the Hawks and Josh Smith have had a rockier relationship that Chris Brown and Rihanna. Here is just the latest drama.
Josh Smith has been suspended for tonight’s game by the #ATLHawks
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Smoove’s suspension is for “conduct detrimental to the team.” #ATLHawks
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It appears the Hawks are engaged in trade talks for their enigmatic forward, Josh Smith:
Multiple rival executives confirmed that the Hawks have participated in trade conversations with several teams regarding Smith, a 27-year-old game-changing defender when engaged.
The Hawks face a dilemma with Smith, whose love-hate relationship with playing his entire NBA career thus far in his...
Tweet After missing Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team Josh Smith was back in action for the Hawks on Friday in the rematch at Barclays Center. Smith struggled with his shooting (5-15 FG) but managed 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists in 37 [...]
The Atlanta Hawks suspended forward Josh Smith for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount of money for conduct detrimental to the team. "Josh and I discussed the issue and he understood and accepted this course of action," general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. "We are confident that he will respond positively, learn from this experience and come...
Josh Smith is one of the most athletic, exciting players to watch in the game. He also makes Hawks fans scratch their head and yell at their television out of frustration from time to time.
In tonight’s 94-89 loss against the Brooklyn Nets, Smith gave Atlanta fans at least one play to make them happy, where he dunked over Brook Lopez. You can watch below:
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Josh Smith's agent stopped short of requesting a trade from the Hawks.
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Al Horford is a scratch from Friday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a hamstring injury.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore reports that Horford is dressing but won't play unless the Hawks are in an emergency situation. The former Florida Gators' hamstring has been bothering him for a week to 10 days.
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On the night of Joe Johnson's ballyhooed return to Atlanta, the Hawks stole the spotlight by racing out to a big lead and cruising to a 109-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Philips Arena.
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