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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bobcats' Al Jefferson leaves arena in walking boot following loss to Heat

By on 4/20/2014 08:00:00 PM

The Charlotte Bobcats lost the first game of their Eastern Conference first round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Sunday by the score of 99-88. Bobcats center Al Jefferson left the game with a strained plantar fascia, but returned and finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. There is some concern on Jefferson's status as he left the arena in a walking boot.

 Pkantz via Wikimedia Commons reported that Jefferson felt a rip in his left plantar fascia. He admitted after the game that he felt a pop and needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime. The good news is there are a few days off before Game 2 on Wednesday.  Jefferson will most likely sit out of practice and his status should be considered day-to-day. Jefferson, though, feels like he'll be ok for the rest of the playoffs.
Rick Bonnell, who covers the Bobcats for the Charlotte Observer, tweeted the following quote by Jefferson on his status.
Look for Bismack Biyombo to see extended minutes should Jefferson be limited by his injury.

Jefferson, a 10-year NBA veteran, has played for the Celtics, Timberwolves, Jazz and Bobcats. In 73 games this season, he averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. In 701 career games, Jefferson is averaging 17 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.


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