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April 29, 2014 Updates
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Coach Steve Clifford sent out all the signals that playing Jefferson tonight might not make sense. “He couldn’t do anything this morning. I would say it’s doubtful he’d be able to play,” Clifford said. If Jefferson can’t play, Clifford said he would start Bismack Biyombo tonight. Biyombo has played a total of 15 minutes in the first three games of this series. Charlotte Observer

Asked about his level of pain, Jefferson said, “This has been like stepping on nails. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” Jefferson has clearly been the Bobcats’ Most Valuable Player this season, averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. He was central to the Bobcats more than doubling their win total this season and reaching the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history.“Regardless of what happens (tonight), this has been a wonderful season,” Jefferson said. “We need to continue to build and continue to get better.” Charlotte Observer

April 27, 2014 Updates
April 26, 2014 Updates

Bobcats center Al Jefferson says he'll play in Game 3 Saturday night against the Miami Heat. Jefferson participated in Saturday morning's shoot around and says his injured left foot feels "about the same" as it did before Game 2 Wednesday night. Jefferson says "Once I come out of the game and go back in, it may take a few seconds to get it warmed back up." USA Today Sports

April 23, 2014 Updates
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April 20, 2014 Updates

Bobcats forward Al Jefferson required multiple injections after suffering a strained plantar fascia in his left foot during a 99-88 Game 1 loss to the Heat in Miami on Sunday. Jefferson began moving gingerly late in the first quarter. He departed for the locker room but returned to the court, laboring throughout the second half. He told reporters during his post-game comments that he received one injection when he first left the game and a second injection at halftime. “I just heard something pop,” he said. “It was a lot of pain. I really don’t know all the details. I know I’ll be OK. It’s something you have to play through … I don’t like needles. It was very uncomfortable for me. I got [an injection] one right when it happened … and I got one at halftime. It felt a lot better in the third quarter. … It was something I had to get used to.” SI.com

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