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Hawks suspend Smith two games for tirade

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith was suspended by
the team for two games on Monday, one day after an expletive-filled
tirade at coach Mike Woodson late in a loss to the
Philadelphia 76ers.

Smith's suspension was announced by general manager Billy Knight
in a release. Knight said Smith was suspended for the next two
games "for conduct detrimental to the team."

Smith cursed at Woodson on the bench late in regulation and
early in overtime before Woodson finally sent the third-year player
to the locker room.

Smith was informed of the suspension when he reported for
practice on Monday. He will miss home games against Boston on
Tuesday and against Washington on Friday.

"I'm going to take my punishment like a man," Smith told The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. "I know I was wrong. I'll
have some time to clear my head and be ready to go this weekend."

Smith, known for his powerful dunks and blocked shots, is
averaging 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds. He ranks second in the
league with 2.91 blocked shots per game.

Smith had 16 points and four rebounds in the Hawks' 109-104 loss
to the 76ers.