Late in the second quarter of Wednesday night's Sixers-Clippers game, rookie sensation Blake Griffin got the ball on a fast break and looked as if he was getting ready to do what he does best.
The Sixers had other plans.
Philadelphia's Jodie Meeks appeared to hit Griffin in the face, knocking the Clippers rookie off balance. Tony Battie trailed the play from behind and grabbed Griffin as he fell to the ground hard.
The 22-year-old got up quickly and looked like he might go after Battie before his teammates ran over to restrain him.
"I just felt like they had let things go way too much up to that point," Griffin said, according to Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times. "That's what happens when you let things go when they don't call fouls and things like that happen. And I thought it was ridiculous. So I'm not going to take that. I've done it too much this season. It got to me."
After watching the replay, it was clear that Battie did not intend to take Griffin down.
According to Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the referee called a flagrant foul 2 on Battie, but immediately downgraded to a flagrant foul 1.
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