Hawks' Smith, Horford active for Game 4

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Hawks' Smith, Horford active for Game 4

BOSTON The Atlanta Hawks will be beefier along the front line tonight - and it's not just the return of Josh Smith, either.

In addition to Smith who did not play in Game 3 because of a knee injury suffered in the previous game, the Hawks will also have Al Horford on the active roster tonight.

Horford has missed all but 11 games this season following surgery to repair a pectoral muscle. His return, even in a limited capacity, can only help an Atlanta team that desperately needs to win tonight in order to keep their hopes of winning the series alive.

Although it's not impossible, the odds would be heavily stacked against the Hawks to win this series if they lost tonight and thus fell behind 3-1 in the series.

That is part of why Smith felt he had little choice but to play tonight.

In an interview with CSNNE.com on Saturday, Smith said he had every intention of playing in Game 4.

I understand the importance of this game," he told CSNNE.com at the time. "You can't play injured, but you can play a little hurt."

When asked which of the two was he, Smith grinned, "I'm a little hurt; a little hurt. Might be a little bit of both, know what I mean? I know when that adrenaline starts to kick in, I probably won't feel it until after the basketball game."

Brown fires up Celtics teammates with tomahawk dunk over Vucevic

Brown fires up Celtics teammates with tomahawk dunk over Vucevic

Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming. 
 
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either. 
 
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
 
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim. 
 
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
 
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
 
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort. 
 
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
 
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points. 
 
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise. 
 
And that dunk over Vucevic?
 
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”