Bobcats' Jefferson Struggles Through Game 1 With Foot Injury -

Left game in 1st quarter with plantar fascia strain; returned in 2nd

Bobcats' Jefferson Struggles Through Game 1 With Foot Injury

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Al Jefferson is the best player on the Charlotte Bobcats. And on Sunday, amid playing through a strained plantar fascia, he was still the best player for Charlotte.

But he wasn't 100%. Not even close.

"I heard something pop, and it was a lot of pain," Jefferson said, but added "I know I'll be okay. Just something you gotta play through."

"I just gotta suck it up, man. I'll be fine for the rest of the playoffs."

Jefferson needed two shots during the game, to keep the pain at ease. "I don't like needles," Jefferson joked, but added that the shots did help him stay in the game.

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford described the injury as a "rip or something" in Big Al's foot, and said Jefferson was in a lot of pain. Jefferson, however, downplayed the pain, saying he felt better as the game went on.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami. The Bobcats will return to Charlotte for Monday and Tuesday practices, before flying back to Miami on Tuesday afternoon. Whether Jefferson practices -- and how much -- is still yet to be determined.

The Bobcats lost Game 1, 99-88. The Heat lead the series 1-0, and will look to hold home court once again on Wednesday.
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