Apr 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) during the second half in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 99-88. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Al Jefferson to play through planter fasciitis vs. Heat


The Miami Heat got down rather early against the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday afternoon but things started to smooth out once they got into their groove and Al Jefferson headed to the locker room with planter fasciitis. After the Game 1 loss to the Heat, Jefferson noted that he felt and heard something pop in his foot and he was seen visibly hobbled leaving the court.

But while his production dipped significantly after returning, Jefferson is reportedly going to play through the pain and is expected to play in Game 2 Wednesday night.

“I feel a lot better now but when it first happened there was a lot of pain,” Jefferson said, via Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer. “As the game went on it eased up on me. I just got to suck it up. I’ll be fine for the rest of the playoffs. I don’t know all the details but I know I’ll be OK. Just something you got to play through.”

Jefferson required two separate pain killer shots 15 minutes apart to quell the pain as much as he could and the couple of days between games will no doubt help as much as it can. But Jefferson being hobbled no doubt hurt the Bobcats and while the Heat would rather play the best opponent they can, the fact that Jefferson won’t be 100 percent only increases the chances of the Heat sweeping the series.

 

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