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Clippers react to suspension of Ralph Lawler, Mike Smith

November 20, 2009 | 11:39 pm
Many of the Clippers did not know about the suspension of veteran play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler and analyst Michael Smith until after Friday's victory against the Nuggets.

The two missed the Denver game -- having been suspended one game by Fox -- because of comments made during Wednesday's telecast about Hamed Haddadi of the Memphis Grizzlies. Some knew beforehand when asked about it by reporters but declined comment.

"Yeah, I just found out," Baron Davis said in the locker room afterward. "But it is a business. If they offended somebody, I'm sure they didn't do it on purpose. It was nothing they did on purpose. We stick by them. They're great people. They're family men. And I think it was just an unfortunate situation. But we'd love to see them on the sideline."

-- Lisa Dillman

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