Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2008-12-09

--Zaza Pachulia replaced Al Horford in the Hawks' starting lineup just minutes before the start of Saturday's game against Dallas at American Airlines Center.

Horford turned his right ankle in the second half of Friday's win over New York at Philips Arena but returned to the game later. With a flight to Dallas late Friday night, Hawks coach Mike Woodson said he was worried that Horford might struggle with it a bit Saturday, but he gave no indication before the game that Horford might not be able to play Saturday.

Yet he inserted Pachulia into the starting lineup and Horford was listed as "questionable" for the game.

--Josh Smith became the youngest player to reach the 800-block milestone for his career with a second quarter swat of a Dirk Nowitzki shot Saturday night.

His big moment came a day late, as Smith celebrated his 23rd birthday Friday night with two blocks in a win over the Knicks.

He shattered the previous record-holder's run to 800. Shaquille O'Neal reached the milestone at 24 years and nine days old. It's the latest in a long line of block records Smith has shattered, as he was the youngest to 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700.

--Acie Law IV missed Friday's game with flu-like symptoms but there was no way the Dallas native was going to miss Saturday's homecoming game.

Law had 80 local children in the arena as guests of his foundation; he had 100 people at the game altogether.

The children were from various local recreation centers, at-risk area Dallas schools and from the summer camp he put on after his rookie season. They each received a ticket to the game as well as vouchers for food and drinks and t-shirts commemorating the event.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I can see myself there, trying to blend in with the crowd at the Orange Bowl one night and then being back in the morning for shootaround. I can definitely see that happening." -- Hawks F Al Horford, on the possibility that he'll make the trek from Orlando to Miami, where the Florida Gators will play in the national championship game, the night before the Hawks play the Magic in Orlando next month.

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Added: December 9, 2008