Jason Smith Suspended Two Games For Hard Foul On Blake Griffin
The NBA has suspended New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith for two games, sources have told ESPN.
Smith's suspension comes after a body check against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Smith slammed Griffin to the floor late in Thursday night's game when Griffin made an attempt at the basket. He was ejected immediately following the play.
"It was a terrible foul," Clippers guard and former Hornets star Chris Paul said after the game. "I don't know what Jason was thinking. He probably better be ready to sit out a game or two for that one. I'm just glad Blake controlled it."
"I think it looked a lot worse than what it was, but that's still not a play that you ever want to do to another player like that," Smith said. "I apologize to Blake Griffin. I didn't want to hurt him at all. I just wanted to try and cut off his lane to the basket." Smith, 26, is averaging 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.