Blake Griffin's ability to double as a tight end in the NBA can be a real advantage for the Clippers, when they take advantage of it. Griffin has endured more than his share of elbows and poking and prodding, which means he should continue to be more aggressive.

The New Orleans Hornets' Jason Smith threw his body into a sprinting Griffin, causing Griffin to fall to the court last week. He stayed down for a while before he got to his feet. The foul drew a two-game suspension for Smith, causing him to miss Monday's game at Staples Center.

Hornets coach Monty Williams said he texted Griffin the next day with this message: "What Jason did was wrong, and I told him that."