Al Jefferson leaves Game 2 vs. Heat after aggravating foot injury

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Update 7:49 p.m.: Jefferson checks back in, because he's tough as nails, apparently. We'll see how many minutes he can play.

Bobcats center Al Jefferson left Game 2 vs. Miami in the first quarter, limping badly as he struggled with his torn plantar fascia he suffered in Game 1. Jefferson started 1-for-5, and was clearly struggling to get up the floor. Doctors have informed Jefferson that there's no further damage that can be done to his foot from playing on it, but the condition is exceptionally painful; he's running on torn connective tissue on the bottom of his foot. That's not fun.

Steve Clifford told TNT at the quarter interview that Jefferson came out and said "he thought it ripped a little bit more."

The Heat finished the quarter on a massive run, going up by 10, 29-19 in the first quarter. The Bobcats were already at a huge disadvantage offensively in this series. Without Jefferson, this series could be over quickly.

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