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* TRADE WINDS BLOWING: Former Hawks captain Al Harrington was traded to the New York Knicks from the Golden State Warriors on Friday for Jamal Crawford, the latest in an intriguing string of trades (and trade rumors) to shake up the league this season. Significant trade activity this early in the season sparks conversations in locker rooms, mostly because no one knows when the moves will stop. "I am shocked to see some of the stuff that's gone on this year, especially the Chauncey Billups-for-Allen Iverson deal," said Hawks captain and All-Star Joe Johnson. "But that's part of the NBA. Maybe teams are clearing space for the summer of 2010 or whatever, I don't know. I'm just a player, not a coach or a general manager, so I don't know what teams are thinking." * TAKING SHOTS: Early arriving fans at Philips Arena on Friday saw Josh Smith on the floor working out for the first time in two weeks. Smith was warming up only to test his sprained left ankle. According to Hawks coach Mike Woodson, Smith is still at least a week away from returning to action. Smith said, "I'm trying to get back next week for the Milwaukee game [Wednesday at Philips Arena]. If it feels good, I'm trying to play. ... Because I'm tired of watching games in suits."
* STILL SMOKIN': Marvin Williams was apparently just getting warmed up with the 21 points and 14 rebounds he stuck on Washington in a victory Wednesday night. He followed that season-best effort with his best half of the season against the Bobcats on Friday night. He had 15 points, on 5-for-9 shooting, and eight rebounds at halftime against the Bobcats.
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Added: November 22, 2008