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Will the Los Angeles Clippers Retaliate Vs. New Orleans Hornets?: Fan’s Opinion
On Monday night, the Los Angeles Clippers will face the Hornets after New Orleans upset them last week. With the Clippers being on the cusp of missing the NBA Playoffs, that should be enough motivation for Los Angeles to avenge their loss to the Hornets. However, the Clippers may have some added motivation.
Late in the previous game, Jason Smith committed a flagrant foul on Clippers F Blake Griffin. Smith was ejected, but left the New Orleans Arena to a controversial standing ovation. Thankfully, Griffin was not injured. When Los Angeles and New Orleans tip-off tonight, will the Clippers be looking to retaliate against the Hornets?
Jason Smith suspended
One thing that leads me to believe tonight's game will be a civil affair is that the perpetrator, Jason Smith, is out serving his suspension. Of course, the Clippers could take out another Hornet. However, it would have to be a Clippers bench warmer knowing a suspension would be coming from Hornets owner David Stern for the retaliation.
No history of hatred
Usually, retaliation comes when two teams have a history of bad blood. I know of no such animosity between New Orleans and the Clippers. Also, New Orleans made a blockbuster trade with Los Angeles before the season so each team has friends on the other team.
As a diehard New Orleans Hornets fan, I have nothing but respect for Chris Paul. Unlike LeBron James, Paul made it very clear he would not re-sign with the Hornets. Therefore, New Orleans was able to trade him to the Clippers and get something in return. Chris Paul is a class act and he will not let the Clippers retaliate against the Hornets.
Kobe Bryant method of retaliating
When I claimed the Clippers would not retaliate against the Hornets, I was referring to flagrant, dirty fouls. However, there is a far more effective method of retaliation in the NBA.
When Dwyane Wade broke Kobe Bryant's nose in the 2012 NBA All-Star game, everyone tuned in to next week's Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat game to see if the Lakers would retaliate. The Lakers did retaliate; sort of. Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in the Lakers' 93-83 win.
This is how the Clippers will retaliate against the New Orleans Hornets tonight.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in the New Orleans Arena the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals.
"Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers," basketball-reference.com
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