--Portland All-Star shooting guard Brandon Roy saw a little more of his Hawks counterpart Monday night. Joe Johnson switched on to Roy late in the game, and they went one-on-one for basically all of the fourth quarter of the Hawks' win. "Joe Johnson is a good defender on me," Roy said. "And he also had a great game on offense, so he's always a good matchup for me to play against. He's got a big body and has a nice pull-up game, too. He's definitely one of the top players in the league."
--Joe Johnson was stunned to hear that the Hawks hadn't won the season series against the Trail Blazers since the 1996-97 season, which is essentially a lifetime ago when you factor in all the Hawks' youngsters.
"I think I might have been in high school still," Johnson joked after the fact. "Seriously, though, it feels good to accomplish all these things along the way to what is hopefully a big season for the Atlanta Hawks."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have some veterans, guys that have been here a long time and accumulated a lot of experience. And we don't have any give-up in us. We stay fighting and persevere." -- Josh Smith on what make the Hawks such a resilient bunch.
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