Apr 26, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA;Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) shoots the ball over Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) during the second half in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 98-85. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Al Jefferson doubtful for Heat-Cats Game 4

Through the first three games of this series no one has questioned Al Jefferson’s toughness. Nor will they ever.

However, it appears that the Charlotte Bobcats’ heart and soul on the court will not be able to suit up for Game 4. In other words, down 3-0 in this series, the Bobcats are waving the white flag.


Al Jefferson is doubtful for Game 4 on Monday night against the Miami Heat due to a lingering foot injury, according to Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford.

Jefferson, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, has been hobbled since straining the plantar fascia in his left foot in the first quarter of Game 1.

Al Jefferson, who is doubtful for Game 4, says the pain in his foot is like “walking on needles.”

He didn’t participate in Monday’s shootaround.

“He’s not close to where he was for the last two games,” Clifford said.

Clifford also said that Jefferson’s foot has gotten progressively worse since the start of Game 3, and having only one day of rest prior to Game 4 didn’t help him much either.

Still, the warrior that he is, Jefferson isn’t ruling himself out for Game 4 even though he’s being classified as doubtful.

Jefferson said he feels as if he’s “walking on needles.”

“I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone,” Jefferson said. “It’s the worst pain I’ve ever dealt with in my career.”

Jefferson wouldn’t rule himself out, saying he’s taking things hour-to-hour.

“I’m seeing how it’s going to feel and go from there,” he said.

Clifford said that Bismack Biyombo is expected to start if Jefferson can’t go.


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