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08:51 AM ET 04.04 | That's what Hawks coach Mike Woodson said following his team's 104-92 loss to the Celtics tonight. "They're not that much different," said Woodson. "KG, he's just a double-double guy, and I think Big Baby and Perkins are filling up that void of him not being in there, I think they're doing an excellent job. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they've won the title so they've been through the ringer, they've been through big games last year in the playoffs so they don't shy away from it." Hawks forward Josh Smith said he thinks Garnett's absence actually helps the Celtics. "I think it is kind of a gift for them to have KG out of the lineup because they are going to need guys like that to come in and step up," said Smith. "Big Baby has been doing it all season, I've been watching the Celtics play and he's been able to make an impact for their team, not just tonight but for the whole season." Despite Smith's praise, Davis said he still expects teams to dare him to shoot during the playoffs. "Most definitely," said Davis. "They don't believe in me yet, but I just got to keep working hard, make sure I keep doing what I have to do for my team."

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