Update 6:31 p.m.: Jefferson told reporters that he had to take multiple painkiller shots in order to return. Coach Steve Clifford also told reporters that Jefferson felt something "rip" in his foot, indicated a tear.
Jefferson clarifies he needed two painkiller shots to continue to play today. Then adds: "I don't like needles"— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 20, 2014
A strain is actually a mild tear, so the initial diagnosis wasn't incorrect. He'll likely be able to play on the tear but it's going to hurt like hell. For more on the impact of the injury, catch up with Court Vision.
Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson suffered a foot injury in the first quarter vs. the Miami Heat in Game 1 on Sunday. He went to the locker room and returned shortly. He was diagnosed with a strained plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. A strain or tear there is often confused with plantar fasciitis, a condition affecting that tissue.
The injury is known to be incredibly painful and the impact it had on Jefferson's game upon returning was clear. He had trouble getting up and down the floor and struggled with his shot, despite playing the rest of the half.
Jefferson wound up with 18 points and 10 rebounds but didn't appear to be 100 percent down the stretch. Miami won the game 99-88 to take a 1-0 series lead.