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The Atlanta Hawks suspended forward Josh Smith for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount of money for conduct detrimental to the team.

"Josh and I discussed the issue and he understood and accepted this course of action," general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. "We are confident that he will respond positively, learn from this experience and come back with a renewed sense of purpose to the team moving forward," Ferry said.

The team did not reveal the cause for the suspension.

Smith, who leads the team with 16.5 points and 2.3 blocked shots per game, received a technical foul during the Hawks' 97-58 blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday when he, along with teammates Jeff Teague and Devin Harris sent former Atlanta guard Kirk Hinrich flying into the basket support.

Smith was to serve the suspension against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

---New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony appreciates team owner James Dolan looking out for him.

Dolan ordered that microphones be placed near the court in Madison Square Garden for last Friday's game against Chicago to record conversations going on around Anthony in an attempt to document any trash talking.

ESPN.com reported this week that the Knicks weren't trying to spy on Anthony after his one-game suspension for an incident with Boston's Kevin Garnett. They wanted to see whether he was being baited.

"I got an owner that looks out for me," Anthony said Wednesday in London, where the Knicks were preparing for Thursday's game against Detroit. "You can't beat that for an owner to try to protect their players, to protect his players. It just shows how much loyalty Mr. Dolan has."

The NBA said there are no rules prohibiting the use of microphones near the court.

In other Knicks news, ESPNNewYork.com reported that power forward Rasheed Wallace could be out long-term due to the stress reaction in his left foot. Wallace hasn't played since mid-December, and the report indicated he might miss the rest of the season.

The Knicks will get another injured player back Thursday, though. Guard Iman Shumpert is set to return for the first time since having left knee surgery after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the playoffs. Coach Mike Woodson said there's a chance Shumpert might jump right into the starting lineup.

--Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol went through 3-on-3 drills Wednesday, and there's a chance he will be cleared to play Thursday against the Miami Heat.

Gasol, who has not played since Jan. 6 because of a concussion, still must be cleared by doctors to play in a game, but, according to the team, he said, "I'm optimistic."

Gasol and the coaching staff have talked about Gasol coming off the bench when he returns to action, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

Gasol is averaging 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds this season.

--The Houston Rockets reassigned rookie forward Terrence Jones to their NBA D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The Rockets had recalled Jones on Monday. In 11 games with Houston this season, Jones has averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds.
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