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* ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Philadelphia's firing of Mo Cheeks Saturday made him the fifth NBA coach to be fired this season.

That's a significant number of firings before Christmas.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson, who signed a two-year contract over the summer, said the current rate of turnover is nothing short of staggering.

"It doesn't make any sense," Woodson said. "And my thing is, speaking for coaches in general, that I don't wish that on anyone. You make a commitment to someone and for that to happen ... thank goodness [our owners and management] gave me an opportunity to try and see this thing through.

"Because when you make coaching changes and personnel changes, it takes a little time. You just can't fire somebody and then expect somebody to turn it around right away."

* GOOD TO BE HOME: The Hawks' first home game in a more than a week couldn't have come at a better time.

Counting the preseason, the Hawks have already had three road trips of a week or longer.

"I almost forgot what my place looks like," said Marvin Williams, who ushered in the Hawks' eight-game homestand with a new haircut, a Mohawk. "We've had to deal with the road for [14 of our first 22 games], so now we have a chance to get a little home cooking for ourselves."

The Hawks were 7-1 at home entering Saturday's game. Anything close to that during this homestand would be a huge boost.

"That's the plan," Williams said. "We've got to take care of home."

* ROUSING START: The Hawks didn't wait until the game started to crank up the atmosphere for Saturday's game against Cleveland at Philips Arena.

They scrapped the usual pregame introductions for a duet between public address announcer Ryan Cameron and Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor Ludacris.

Ludacris is slated to perform at halftime of Wednesday's game against Boston.

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