Jameer Nelson is really looking forward to playing against Derrick Rose in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. The only problem? The Magic's first round series against the Atlanta Hawks hasn't even started yet! And Hawks forward Josh Smith wants Nelson and the rest of the Magic to remember that. "A lot of their players are already claiming they are already going to make the second round," he said recently when asked about the Hawks first round matchup against the Magic, "so that gives us a little added motivation...If that doesn't get you geared up, I don't know what does."
He didn't stop there, either, claiming that he was surprised by Nelson's anticipation of the second round because he feels the Hawks are actually a better team than the Magic. "It was surprising, knowing that we are a better team," Smith said. "They understand that they can't just run off [the court]. It's going to be a tough series, and they know it." The NBA Playoffs: Where an amazing amount of shit-talking happens! [via Atlanta Journal Constitution]