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 Angeles.