In a possible sign of things to come, Hawks enforcers Dan Carcillo and John Scott were a late scratch for Friday’s season opener against Dallas after the two veterans locked horns in a brutal pregame fight.

“The dude hung his jersey over my locker door,” said Scott, still fuming about the incident as a trainer bandaged his knuckles. “So I got the ol’ baboon arms going and put him in his place.”

Carcillo, no stranger to extracurriculars, was nonetheless overwhelmed by his new teammate’s long reach and powerful right hook.

“The guy got some lucky punches in,” mumbled Carcillo, who sustained three facial fractures but should be available for Saturday’s home opener. “Whatever. I’ll take a run at him next practice or something. It’s a long season.”

Heckler George