NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hornets forward Jason Smith has been
suspended two games without pay for his hard foul that sent Los
Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin crashing hard to the court
during a fast break.
In announcing the suspension Friday, NBA executive Stu Jackson
said Smith's foul during the late stages of the Hornets' victory on
Thursday night involved "excessive contact with the upper body."
Griffin did not leave the game but lay on the court in pain for
about a minute after the collision while other players gathered in
a tense moment behind the basket. Smith was called for a flagrant 2
foul and ejected.
Smith will now miss the Hornets' home game with San Antonio on
Saturday night and Monday night's rematch with the Clippers in Los
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