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At minimum, I'm sure you'll see an offense Wednesday that is less post-up centric, more pick-and-roll centric. Kemba needs to come up big.
The issue with Al Jefferson won't be availability, but rather effectiveness. Coaches preparing for eventualities.
I'm lucky I can file stories to Observer from 37K feet above Georgia. But miss days when planes were one place you could tune out the world.
Steve Clifford sounded less than certain at practice that Al Jefferson would play Wednesday.
Charlotte airport quite a zoo today. Daily deck full, every plane seems packed to capacity. Wheels up to Miami.
Steve Clifford didn't know whether Al Jefferson will be able to participate in shootaround Wednesday morning.
I guarantee you the person who cares least about Coach of Year balloting is Steve Clifford.
Pop wins COY. Clifford finished 4th
Doc Rivers can coach a little, huh?
You have got to love the playoffs!!
This OKC-Memphis game is compelling evidence why the NBA is such an inferior product to Sun Belt team vs. Kentucky.
Few years ago writers association advocated that anyone with a financial tie to an NBA team shouldn't vote on awards. Non-starter.
NBA publishing every media vote for every award. Will be interesting how much "in-house" media votes sway toward those teams.
“They’re going to send me some special Jordans to make me jump higher.” -- Al Jefferson, joking about how equipment could help him.
"I just felt it pop -- like somebody shot me. A terrible feeling." -- Al Jefferson on his plantar fascia injury.
Al Jefferson said he has no concerns about worsening injury by playing. Said pain-killers are his "new best friend."
"I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down." -- Al Jefferson after treatment.
Based on what Steve Clifford said in a conference call with Miami media, the Bobcats won't try to practice Jefferson Tuesday.
Joakim Noah is second Defensive Player of Year in Bulls history. First was some dude who now owns the Charlotte Bobcats.
"There are no long-term effects. Nothing that could be permanent." -- Steve Clifford on whether there's risk in playing Al Jefferson.
Jefferson had an MRI this morning. No results yet.
Al Jefferson in walking boot. Availability to practice tomorrow unknown.
Bobcats medical staff told Steve Clifford there's no risk of further injury by Al Jefferson playing.
FYI, Wednesday will be local-origination telecast as well as TNT. Exclusivity only applies to ABC in the first round.
So Charlotte's two more prominent athletes are now both in walking boots. Wonder if Cam and Big Al should compare notes.
Sounds like Joakim Noah will be named NBA Defensive Player. Well-deserved.
It was inevitable Mike Woodson would be fired. However the Knicks' dysfunction runs so much deeper than who coached them.
Wheels down in Charlotte. Wizards beat Bulls, huh?
It only one game! Learn from it and get better for the next one..
Heat doesn't even feel the need to practice tomorrow.
I don't think the issue with Al Jefferson will be availability, but rather effectiveness. Heat will put him a zillion pick-and-rolls.
"I've just got to suck it up. I'll be fine for remainder of the playoffs." --Al Jefferson.
Jefferson needed a shot to be able to play after feeling a rip in his plantar fascia.
Steve Clifford says he "ripped" something in his plantar fascia. He felt a "pop."
Final: Heat 99, Bobcats 88
Heat has forced 15 turnovers, committed eight.
Heat has converted 15 Bobcats turnovers into 20 Miami points. Ball game.
Clifford pulled Big Al. Live to fight another day.
LeBron was at scorer's table. Now I'm not sure they even need to put him back in. 19-point margin with 5 minutes left.
Bobcats have scored 5 points this quarter.
24-7 in free throw attempts.
shot clock becomes Bobcats' 14th turnover of the game.
Heat has converted 12 Charlotte turnovers into 17 Miami points.
Will McRoberts hear from the league about that flop attempt?
Big Al, Kemba and Henderson back in. Down 10 with 9 1/2 left. Clifford appears to be going with Neal's offense over MKG's defense.
Two turnovers. Steve Clifford needs to get some starters back in or this is over.
Ridnour back in after playing just 7 1/2 minutes first half.
So how long can Steve Clifford go with Biz and without MKG?
LeBron is 3-of-6 from 3-point range. That's trouble.
That Cody Zeller putback was much-needed. Heat is the NBA's worst rebounding team.
Shot clock on Kemba's airball.
LeBron stripped in the lane. You don't see that much.
A shame Jeff Taylor got hurt, They sure could have used him right now.
MKG's fourth foul. Puts Gerald Henderson in the potential torture chamber against LeBron.
This is definitely more fun than covering a coaching search. Just sayin...
Gerald Henderson ties up Dwyane Wade under rim for a jump ball.
Tremendous defense by MKG on those LeBron isos.
Bobcats take back lead at 50-49 on MKG's layup. Thinking the Bobcats' best hope is Chris Bosh taking many more jump shots.
MKG becomes last Bobcats starter to score. He'd played 12 minutes.
Bosh 2-of-7 from the field.
Halftime: Heat 49, Bobcats 42. Huge differential in free throws -- 16 for Miami, 4 for Charlotte.
Gerald Henderson with the tough task of guarding LeBron James.
Nine-point Heat lead -- turnover leads to fast break, gets crowd involved.
Gary Neal coming in for MKG.
Heat going small now with LeBron at 4 and James Jones added as a shooter. Remaining 3:48 until halftime could get dicey.
Heat takes the lead on Dwyane Wade's transition layup with about 4 minutes left in the half. First fast-break points Heat has scored.
Took Chris Bosh 14 minutes to score.
James Jones in the game. Important Bobcats close out on him. He can burn you from perimeter.
Big Al is gonna need those three days between games. Obvious he's hurting.
Chris Bosh has been pretty much invisible.
McRoberts outscoring Bosh 8-0. Yes, that's quite a surprise.
Big Al and Kemba back in.
Norris Cole just used Luke Ridnour.
Al Jefferson back on Bobcats' bench.
Don't be surprised if you see some Zeller-McRoberts pairings this series.
Left plantar fascia strain for Al Jefferson. Will return.
End of first: Bobcats 23, Heat 19.
Bobcats team physician headed back to locker room.
Al Jefferson back in the locker room. No details yet on what's up.
Four reserves and Big Al to close the first quarter. Obviously Clifford isn't tightening his rotation.
Turnover No. 4. This is exactly what worried Clifford pre-game.
Shot clock Heat with ball in LeBron's hands.
Haslem coming out. Now how will Heat guard Al Jefferson.
Heat charged with a delay-of-game.
Bobcats 12, Heat 7. They sure don't looked scared of this moment.