Hornets Smith suspended for two games

NEW YORK – The NBA suspended New Orleans Hornets Forward Jason Smith two games without pay after knocking down Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers last night in what the NBA called "excessive contact."

Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations, announced the suspension this afternoon.

In the fourth quarter of last night's Hornets-Clippers game, Smith was called for a flagrant foul after he made "excessive contact" with the upper body of Griffin. There was 4:06 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Hornets 97-90 win over the Clippers at the New Orleans Arena.

Smith will miss the Hornets next two games, Saturday, March 24 when the Hornets host the San Antonio Spurs and Monday, March 26 when the Hornets play the Clippers in Los Angeles.

The game marked the return of former Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul.