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Jason Smith Suspended Two Games for Flagrant Foul on Blake Griffin

New Orleans Hornets' Jason Smith has been suspended two games for his foul on Los Angeles' Blake Griffin on Thursday night. The foul was assessed as a flagrant 2 foul, which carries an automatic ejection, and came late in the game as Griffin was on a fast break. Smith bodychecked Griffin and knocked him to the floor hard, never making an attempt for the basketball. There was some jawing after the fact - with former Hornets' guard Chris Paul taking exception to the play.

Paul noted after the game, "It was a terrible foul. 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."

Smith was immediately ejected, and offered an apology after the fact.

"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."

See the play for yourself: