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Video: How Many Games Should Jason Smith be Suspended for this Hit on Blake Griffin?

During Thursday night’s showdown between the Hornets and Clippers, Jason Smith momentarily forgot that he was playing for New Orleans’ basketball team, not football team.

On a pretty standard fourth quarter fastbreak by the run-and-gun L.A. Chris Pauls, Smith opted to absolutely decimate Blake Griffin with a totally random (unless there was a bounty) and unnecessary hit.

Check it out:

After the game, Smith offered this justification for his bone-headedness (via Jim Elchenhofer): "I didn't want to give him an easy layup (but) there are a ton better ways to go about it.”

You think?

The question now is: how many games should Smith have to sit out for that tackle? Keep in mind, Andrew Bynum got five games (later reduced to four) for a much softer flagrant foul. Though, to be fair, that one did come against a child.

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