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Jason Smith (Hornets) Banned & Gets Standing Ovation For Flagrant Foul On Blake Griffin (Clippers) (Video)

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source: Yahoo Sports – YouTube

Video Credit: YouTube – LovingMusicStar2

Posted: Saturday March 24, 2012 @ 12: 32 a.m PST

According to ESPN, The NBA suspended Hornets forward Jason Smith two games for his Thursday night body check on Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin.

Smith was ejected for the foul late in the league-owned Hornets’ victory over the Clippers in Chris Paul’s return to New Orleans. A suspension was widely expected Friday because Smith made no attempt to make a play on the ball in knocking Griffin to the floor on a transition drive to the hoop.

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.”

The play occured when Smith body-slammed Griffin to the floor on a fast break. Paul followed Smith into the concourse behind the basket and had words with him as several players jawed at each other.