Reporting from Philadelphia — Soaring higher, and crashing harder.
It looked bad when the Clippers' Blake Griffin went down hard on his back and right elbow as he was taken out by 76ers forward Elton Brand late in the third quarter Wednesday.
Brand, once the face of the Clippers franchise, was assessed a flagrant foul 1.
It was clear that Griffin was suffering from discomfort well after the hard foul.
"It'll be all right," he said. "It's nothing that will restrict me at all. Just swelling in it. It flares up since I've been in high school."
Griffin often jumps right up after getting hit hard. This took a little longer.
"It was painful, but nothing I can't get up and walk away from," he said. "I was up in the air a lot longer than I thought. You kind of close your eyes and you expect to land.