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File under "incredible." For players averaging at least 35 minutes a game, Al Horford leads the...

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File under "incredible." For players averaging at least 35 minutes a game, Al Horford leads the league in shooting from 16-23 feet at 48%. Guess who is last? Actually don't guess. Just know. Because you already know. Yes, Josh Smith at 28%. In an attempt to kill any positive about Al Horford drilling, Josh attempts 2.9 of these shots a game. Horford 2.2. This sums up something. I am not sure what, but definitely something.

Huge HT to BusBoyIs Back from the Hawksquawk Forum. Stats via the incredible Hoopdata.

This WILL be my motivation for the rest of the season.

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This WILL be my motivation for the rest of the season.

Josh Smith in a blog post talking about his all-star snub. Who knew Josh had a blog? (HT Coco via twitter.)

"4. Josh Smith, Atlanta. Speaking of putting it altogether, a la Bosh. Smith abandoned the three...

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"4. Josh Smith, Atlanta. Speaking of putting it altogether, a la Bosh. Smith abandoned the three (for the most part) and took over the paint. His field goal percentage is outrageous (56 percent, compared with 45 percent career), his rebounding has been stellar and he has regained the indefatigable blocking spirit missing from the soulless but successful '08-09 campaign. It's like the exclamatory Smith from Atlanta's lean years has found a way to exist within the framework of team success. And it is GLORIOUS." and "12. Joe Johnson, Atlanta. That Johnson's best pro season has coincided with Atlanta's leap up the leaderboard is not coincidence. J.J. has basically been a more gunner-y, less stopper-ish Roy. One could argue he belongs way up this list (like, say, alongside Roy), but Atlanta's backcourt is giving up as many open looks as the frontcourt (anchored by Smith and stout Al Horford), and while Mike Bibby and Jamal Crawford are leading suspects J.J. is not immune from rotating late."

If you needed any more evidence Tom Ziller knows what he is talking about, here is his early MVP list. I could not agree more with his assessment of both Hawks' on this list.

Josh Smith has 33 rebounds in the last two games. From February 17th to March 6th of last season...

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Josh Smith has 33 rebounds in the last two games. From February 17th to March 6th of last season (10 games), he had 32. Last year's season high for boards was 15 which he has now surpassed in back to back games. The light may finally have flipped on....and stayed on.

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith has two personal goals this season—to make the All-Star Game and t...

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Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith has two personal goals this season—to make the All-Star Game and to be selected to the NBA's All-Defensive team.

The Sporting News, The Basline. What no three point contest winner? Dude is obviously not a dreamer. However, I would take either one of these honors for Smith.

A fantastic piece of news from the Hawks' brilliant Jon Steinberg: "Ha. Both guys will just have...

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A fantastic piece of news from the Hawks' brilliant Jon Steinberg: "Ha. Both guys will just have Smith on their backs! No first initials, etc."

The Josh/Joe Smith Jersey intrigue is officially solved. Henry Abbott of TrueHoop is elated over the news. I have never disagreed with him any more on anything than I do right now about this. Legitimately, my hear is aching. We might need to cut the list of reasons to be excited down to sixty reasons. If you need me, I will crying in my bathroom. *****update****** Just found out from the Hawks PR when I complained on twitter that a full name is not allowed on the back of a jersey. I feel a little better.

"I'm really not worried about the 3-point ball right now. I have no business out there."

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"I'm really not worried about the 3-point ball right now. I have no business out there."

Josh Smith via Sekou Smith's Twitter Saying and doing are two different things. But saying is related to knowing and knowing can be a real, live step toward doing. I am kind of freaking out right now.

Alas, the national cameras were finally on No. 5. (Sure, he got some attention over a couple of...

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Alas, the national cameras were finally on No. 5. (Sure, he got some attention over a couple of spectacular slam dunk contents, but the postseason brings a different caliber of lens.) With Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley’s full attention, how would J-Smooth react? Was he going to force 15-footers like he was prone to do? Would he drive uncontrollably to the hole and lose the ball? Or would he patiently work his defender, shake one way and send the poor chap the other? In the span of 10 minutes, he wound up doing all three. Chris Webber can’t understand that. We do.

SLAM ONLILNE is counting down the top fifty players in the NBA. Josh Smith comes in at number 40.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson roasted him for passing the ball to Smith in the corner on in the final...

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Hawks coach Mike Woodson roasted him for passing the ball to Smith in the corner on in the final seconds. As Smith’s 24-footer bounced off the rim with 10.9 seconds left, Woodson jumped Bibby’s case for making the pass. The surprise was Bibby’s response. He jumped Woodson right back, much to the delight of those of us sitting close enough to hear the entire exchange. "If you don’t want me to throw to him put him somewhere else," Bibby shouted. "He’s wide [@*&$%] open. Wide open. What do you want me to do? If you don’t want him shooting that then put him somewhere else. You tell him."

Best. Quote. Ever. (ht Hoopinion)

"The only regret is that some of the guys that shed blood, sweat and tears with us along the way...

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"The only regret is that some of the guys that shed blood, sweat and tears with us along the way aren’t around to enjoy this part of it. Josh Childress is in Greece. And [former Hawks general manager Billy Knight] isn’t around to see what his team has become. And I don’t care how you slice it, this is his team. He put these pieces together and here we are."

Josh Smith to Sekou Smith in today's paper.
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