--The Hawks didn't appear to learn anything from last Friday's home loss to the Celtics, when they let Glen Davis get rolling early and carry the load until Paul Pierce and Ray Allen got going. Davis had a double-double by halftime last week. He had 14 points and three rebounds at halftime Friday, driving the Celtics early again as they led 52-48 at the break.The Hawks got more out of their starting backcourt in the first half than they did the entire night in Tuesday's loss in Philadelphia. Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson were a combined 0-for-10 from the floor in the loss to the 76ers, a brutal start feeding into a substandard effort that saw them combine for a 5-for-18 shooting effort on the night.
They were a combined 10-for-21 by halftime Friday, combining for 26 points to Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo's 14.
--The Celtics played without All-Star F Kevin Garnett for the second time in as many games against the Hawks. Garnett is still resting his right knee. At least he was within the city limits.
Neither Hawks F Marvin Williams nor reserve G Acie Law IV made the trip. They are both out with lower back injuries. Coach Mike Woodson said it's not clear when either player will return.
"Acie practiced a little (Thursday) but obviously it wasn't good enough because he didn't make the trip. Marvin is shooting a little bit and running on the treadmill. But until he starts banging and going against contact, it's hard to tell when you can project him to return. So with both those guys right now it's just a day-to-day thing."
--Former Hawks G Salim Stoudamire signed a multi-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks Friday. Stoudamire played three seasons with the Hawks and left as the team's all-time free throw percentage leader (.882).
The Hawks play in Milwaukee Wednesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You can't keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. That's just stupid." -- G Mike Bibby, on the team's wasted effort in yet another loss to the Celtics.