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 9, 2016 | 9:25 pm EST Update
Howard Beck: A note on Nets GM search: Prokhorov, I’m told, has made clear he is absolutely opposed to a roster teardown. He wants to keep Brook Lopez / Thaddeus Young. Rather than rebuild, Prokhorov is convinced Nets can keep Lopez/Young, sign free agents in July and quickly get back in playoff chase.
Howard Beck: Prokhorov seems to be following same playbook he’s had since he arrived: Spend your way to success, focus on the now instead of long term. Needless to say, I’m skeptical that playbook has any chance of working. But maybe Nets get lucky in free agency this summer.