Bobcats' Jefferson out for Game 4 Monday

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Al Jefferson may not play in Game 4.  (USATSI)
Al Jefferson may not play in Game 4. (USATSI)

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Update 5:25 p.m.: The Bobcats have announced Jefferson is out for Game 4.

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Monday that center Al Jefferson is doubtful to play in Game 4 vs. the Miami Heat in Charlotte. Jefferson suffered a torn plantar fascia in Game 1 and hasn't been the same since.

Jefferson averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds on 51 percent shooting in the regular season but is averaging just 18.7 points on 49 percent shooting in the playoffs. The Bobcats are down 3-0 headed into Game 4 and have shown no capacity to keep up with the Heat from a firepower perspective.

Jefferson described the injury as "like stepping on nails." Though doctors have said no further damage can be done to the foot by playing, with the series effectively over there's no reason to put Jefferson through it. Instead the focus should be heading into the offseason with some momentum for the first time in Bobcats history and trying to upgrade their offensive weapons to provide some scoring balance beyond Jefferson and point guard Kemba Walker.

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