The interplay between Smith and the Philips Arena crowd was lively throughout the night. Smith, an Atlanta native who played his first nine NBA seasons with the Hawks, was booed loudly whenever he touched the ball. The catcalls grew louder in the third quarter, after Smith drained a 3-pointer that rattled around the rim several times before dropping in. Smith then shushed the crowd by placing his finger over his lips as the Hawks called timeout. “I mean, those fans are fickle, very fickle and bandwagoners,” Smith said. “It really doesn’t mean anything to me.”
February 6, 2016 | 8:02 pm EST Update
He isn’t officially on the trade block — never has been, really — but a “too good to be true” offer might entice the Nuggets to pull the trigger on a deal.
Vucevic, along with power forward Andrew Nicholson, has been with the club since the start of the rebuild. He doesn’t feel its sudden swoon this season warrants the Magic playing let’s-make-a-deal. “That’s no reason to think we need to change anything. We have to find a way within each other to get back to what we were doing early in the year,” Vucevic said. “We just got to find a way to get out of this [slump]. “Trades or whatever … I don’t think about that — that’s not my job — and I never will.”
Veteran power forward/center Jason Smith said the trade deadline looms in the minds of players — whether they admit it or not. “It’s always in the back of your mind,” Smith said. “The only thing I have to worry about is what I can control. Things I can control is how hard I work in practice, take care of my body, get my rest, eat right. Trade-deadline stuff is out of my control.”
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