The Clippers lost to the Hornets last night. This is bad for a few reasons:
1. The Clippers are much, much better than the Hornets.
2. The Clippers have lost three in a row, and head coach Vinny del Negro could get the axe any day now.
3. The game marked Chris Paul's return to New Orleans for the first time since they shipped him to LA before the season.
But looking back on the game, more interesting than the result is the massive, unconscionable hit New Orleans' Jason Smith laid on Blake Griffin as the Clips' star forward was streaking toward the basket.
"I thought that whole bounty thing was an NFL problem?" you ask. Well, you're right, which means that Smith must've been satisfied sheerly with the raw pleasure of annihilating another human being. Or something.
Let's break down this play down frame-by-frame. TO THE TAPE: