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 8, 2016 | 8:26 pm EST Update
Chris Reichert: Lots of reports out there that Elliot Williams is close to signing with European powerhouse Panathinaikos. Can confirm that Elliot Williams has indeed signed with Panathinaikos, per a league source.