--The reception the Hawks received on their first trip back to TD Banknorth Garden Wednesday night was just as chilly as the one they received in four trips here during the playoffs: ice cold.The Hawks were booed at every turn, and that was just during the pre-game warm-ups. But they expected nothing less from a fan base they kept nervous for two long weeks last spring.
"It wouldn't be normal if they didn't give us the business a little bit," F Marvin Williams said smiling. "That's really the way it's supposed to be. That's why they call it a home-court advantage."
Celtics F Kevin Garnett was definitely at his competitive best during the opening tip. He tapped hands with every Hawks player except for C Zaza Pachulia. Garnett and Pachulia had a nose-to-nose confrontation in Game 4 of that playoff series last spring that highlighted the rancor between both teams.
--Hawks coach Mike Woodson said he received a report on injured star F Josh Smith after Tuesday's win in Chicago and the news was good.
"They said the swelling finally started to go down and got some color back in his ankle," Woodson said. "So right now he's just day-to-day and we'll see where he is when we get back from this road trip."
Smith suffered a high left ankle sprain in the first quarter of last Friday's win over Toronto and was expected to be out two to four weeks. While Woodson didn't rule out a quick return, he insists Smith won't be rushed back to action.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Well, I don't know if we made a statement. We're just trying to play our schedule, take it a game at a time, and the Celtics tonight just happened to be on the schedule. It was a great game. I mean the fans watched it. It's the NBA at its highest level and we just happened to come out on the short end of the stick." -- Hawks coach Mike Woodson, on the first meeting this season between last year's playoff adversaries.