Bobcats C Jefferson: I'll play in Game 2 vs. Heat

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm •  Published: April 21, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bobcats center Al Jefferson said that while his left foot remains extremely sore, he plans to play in Game 2 of the best-of-seven playoff series Wednesday night against Miami Heat.

"I'm suiting up," Jefferson said Monday. "It's going to take more than that to make me sit out. We have worked too hard to get to this point."

Jefferson injured his foot in the first quarter of Sunday's 99-88 loss to the two-time defending NBA champions.

Charlotte's leading scorer skipped a light team workout Monday and said he doesn't plan to practice Tuesday. That means he won't test out the foot until the shoot around period on Wednesday morning.

His left foot remains in a walking boot and he'll continue to receive treatment for the next two days.

First-year coach Steve Clifford said the medical staff informed him Jefferson doesn't run the risk of serious injury if he continues to play on the injured foot.

Clifford also said the injury won't require surgery this offseason.

"There would be no long term effects, nothing that could be permanent going forward. So that part we're not worried about," Clifford said.

In essence, the injury is all about the 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson managing the pain, something the 10-year NBA veteran said he didn't do well in Game 1 even though he finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

"I have to adjust to the pain," Jefferson said. "I have to go out there and know that it's going to be there and have that mindset. To me that will make me handle it a lot better. Last game it came out of nowhere and I didn't know what I was limited to and what I could and couldn't do. Now I know."

Jefferson received two pain killer injections during Sunday's game after injuring the foot in the first quarter while coming off a double screen.

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