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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bobcats' Al Jefferson ready to play in Game 2

By on 4/22/2014 01:30:00 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 received two painkiller injections and continued to play. He hobbled his way around the court, but still managed to get 18 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. There was some concern on Jefferson's status as he left the arena in a walking boot. But despite the injury, this is the playoffs against the two-time defending NBA champions and Jefferson insists he'll be ready to play.

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As reported by Ken Burger of, Jefferson remained in a walking boot on Monday as he was being treated for plantar fasciitis after he felt something rip in his foot during Sunday's game. Coach Steve Clifford said the biggest issue isn't lateral movement, but pivoting. That will limit Jefferson at the offensive end of the floor.
"Any team that loses its best offensive player, especially the way we play through him so much, it changes some things."
Jefferson will suit up and give it a go in Game 2, but how effective he'll be is anyone's guess. Kemba Walker, who scored 20 points in Game 1, knows Jefferson will give his maximum effort, but also knows he may need to step up in Game 2.
"I know what kind of guy he is. I know how bad he wants it. I know how bad he wants to win. I'm pretty sure he'll be in some pain, but he'll definitely get through it. I definitely have to increase my level of play. I have to be a lot more aggressive offensively, and other guys as well. I think everyone is willing to take on that challenge."
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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