The Kings' Anthony Peeler was suspended for two games yesterday for elbowing the Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett, meaning the guard will miss Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Peeler was suspended without pay by the NBA.

Peeler hit Garnett in the midsection with 31 seconds left in the third quarter of Sunday's Game 6. Peeler elbowed the league most valuable player in the head with 13.5 seconds remaining in the period and was ejected.

The Kings beat the Timberwolves, 104-87, and forced a deciding game on Wednesday.

Garnett was fined $7,500 for hitting Peeler in the chest with an elbow.

Peeler will serve the first game of his suspension Wednesday. He will then miss either Game 1 of the Western Conference finals or the first game of the 2004-05 season.

* GOING PRO: Josh Smith, a Virginia high school star who is skipping college to enter next month's NBA draft, signed a multiyear endorsement contract with Adidas.

The announcement came two weeks after the world's second-largest sporting-goods maker signed Sebastian Telfair, a New York high school standout who's also going directly to the NBA. Scouts are projecting both players as first-round picks in the June 24 draft in New York.

Smith, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward, averaged 23.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4 assists last season for Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He led the school to a 38-0 record and the No. 1 spot in USA Today's national rankings.

-- From News Services