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Jason Smith checks Blake Griffin, ejected

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) walks

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) walks off the court with head coach Vinny Del Negro after being knocked to the court on a flagrant foul by New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans. (March 22, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Jason Smith received a standing ovation from Hornets fans last night . . . for the wrong reason.

With the Hornets up 89-83 on the Clippers, Smith hip-checked Blake Griffin on a Los Angeles fastbreak. Griffin hit the ground hard, and took a few seconds to get back up.

The foul was ruled a Flagrant 2, meaning Smith was ejected from the game. While he was walking into the locker room, Hornets fans erupted, and Smith waved his arms to egg them on.

Smith will probably receive some sort of suspension -- possibly up to five games -- for the malicious hit. He could also be hit with a fine.

Hornets fans won't be suspended, but will be the subject of ridicule from the Twitterverse for the next day or two.


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