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Jason Smith
Jason Smith
Position: C
Born: 03/02/86
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $4,300,000
With standout center Nikola Vucevic out nursing a strained right groin, Smith started against Golden State and the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday and Tuesday. On Friday, Magic head coach Scott Skiles moved Smith – Orlando’s most consistent and productive reserve all season – back into a sixth man role. Smith delivered in a big way, scoring 16 points, grabbing seven rebounds, blocking three shots and swiping two steals in Orlando’s 107-100 whipping of the DeMarcus Cousins-less Kings. “I just try to be a spark off the bench,’’ said Smith, who made six of nine shots and created driving lanes for the Magic with his ability to stretch out the defense. “(Coming off the bench), I can get a feel for the game and how (the opponent) is going to play and how we’re playing on defense. I can see what’s working and what’s not working and I can get an idea of what we need to do.’’
“It was explained to me that Jason hit him in the stomach, they called the offensive foul, and then Nerlens retaliated with an elbow to his head,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “I’ll look at the tape and make a comment after that. If that is true, then the right decision was made.” Said Noel: “I got hit in my ribs. I tried to be as smart a player as I could. I reacted, but I pulled away, being the smart player and my team needed me in. I pulled away from my reaction that I did instinctually. I just walked away from it, and even got hit a second time.”
Late in the third quarter of the Sixers’ 105-97 loss to Orlando, the Magic’s Jason Smith threw a forearm to the chest of Nerlens Noel as those two were starting to try to establish position for a play. It was a foul, Smith would be given a technical for the play. But Nerlens Noel responded with a blow to the back of Smith’s head, and that got him ejected. It looked like Noel was trying to go for a headlock, it wasn’t much of a punch, but a shot to the head will get you ejected every time. There likely will be a fine from the league to follow.