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Smith suspended two games for Griffin foul

New Orleans forward Jason Smith was issued a two-game ban by the NBA on Friday for a flagrant foul on Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin, ensuring Smith will not foul him again in a Monday rematch.

New Orleans forward Jason Smith, pictured here in action in January 2006, was issued a two-game ban by the NBA on Friday for a flagrant foul on Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin, ensuring Smith will not foul him again in a Monday rematch.

NBA vice president Stu Jackson announced the suspension, which came as a result of Smith's actions in a 97-90 New Orleans home victory over the Clippers on Thursday night.

Smith, a 26-year-old American 7-footer, made hard upper body contact with Griffin with 4:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.

As a result, Smith will miss the Hornets' home game on Saturday against San Antonio and Monday's game against the Clippers at Los Angeles.

Smith is averaging 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds a game.

The Hornets are 12-35, last in the Western Conference and third-worst in the 30-team league, while the Clippers are 26-21, three games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific division.

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