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April 28, 2014

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson will miss tonight's game against the Miami Heat.

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson will not play in tonight’s Game 4 of the best-of-seven playoff series against the Miami Heat.

            Jefferson, who suffered a plantar fascia injury in Game 1, likely would be available for a Game 5 in Miami Wednesday should the Bobcats somehow beat the Heat tonight.

            Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said the one off day (there were two days off between the previous two games) just wasn’t enough time for Jefferson to recover. He could not participate at all in Monday-morning shootaround.

            Asked about his level of pain, Jefferson said, “This has been like stepping on nails. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”

            Clifford said Bismack Biyombo would start in place of Jefferson tonight, but rookie Cody Zeller will likely pick up a majority of Jefferson’s minutes.

            Clifford said if this were the regular season, Jefferson would likely sit out two to three weeks with this injury. Jefferson said Monday morning he did not anticipate needing off-season surgery.

            Jefferson has clearly been the Bobcats’ Most Valuable Player this season, averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. He was central to the Bobcats more than doubling their win total this season and reaching the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history.

            “Regardless of what happens (tonight), this has been a wonderful season,” Jefferson said. “We need to continue to build and continue to get better.”

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Comments

Please ask Jordan if the NBA should be 50% black players and 50% white players. And if not why? I am sick and tired of the racism speak. As a reporter you should ask this question.

Posted by: Kelso | Apr 28, 2014 7:24:57 PM

This season was exactly the same as 2010 -- identical -- a season His Minimumness said was unacceptable.

BOOBcats....0-8 in playoffs.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 28, 2014 9:43:19 PM

The stats where the same...but this team is a alooooooot younger with a lot more potential. ..good season..sucks to get swept but bobcats era closes and the second hornets era begins. ..can't wait ...go hornets. ...

Posted by: shane | Apr 28, 2014 9:48:34 PM

And cap space and draft picks to utilize. Much much different scenario. Go Hornets! That opener next year will be off the hook!

Posted by: John | Apr 28, 2014 10:40:26 PM

"....a alooooooot younger with a lot more potential...."

Reminds me of the Bizmack/Olajuwan talk His Minimumnessput forth a whole back -- let us know when something banner worthy is w-o-n.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 28, 2014 10:47:42 PM

No prob will c next year..

Posted by: shane | Apr 28, 2014 10:54:39 PM

@NASTART99 - Hey genius, please tell us how bad Karl Malone, John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek, Patrick Ewing, Arvydas Sabonis,Gary Payton, Steve Nash and the like suck b/c they never got a ring.

Posted by: The Dude | Apr 28, 2014 11:40:33 PM

Dude, given the market and joke-like ownership simply winning one playoff game would probably be banner-worthy...

...please don't smear world class players as you list above with the putrid stench that is the Boobcat Organization.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 28, 2014 11:49:14 PM

Hey Asstar. Might want to save your moronic comments for next year. If they improve again you will look like more of a dope than you did this year.

Posted by: Hank | Apr 29, 2014 6:37:45 AM

The Cats had a good year bc they got to the playoffs . They met the worst team in the nba to ever play . The decision as to who would win was decided before the series began . Mkg , henderson , Neal and cdr , never had a fighting chance to play against King James and Wade . Each game , they got hammered but no calls . Each game they couldn't defend either one wo getting the slightest call assessed . The final one was Neal on
Wade lol. It only takes one or two well placed calls a game to kill a game . The Cats were not that bad . This is redemption bc Mj got all the calls when he played . The nba makes billions off dynasties like the Heat ,
Spurs and Bulls . Mini dynasties sell billions in paraphernalia world wide .

This team will go nowhere w two guys dominating the ball WO PASSING . Last nite , Kemba played well but he didnt get he team easy buckets ESP in the 3 rd when he shot a lot . 5 assists won't do it . Again even wo Jefferson , there was no passes to cutters , back doors or lobs . There were dimes on the break . If you want to win w these wings , you must create assists at the rim in the half ct set . They are not shooters but scorers . A back up pt gd must come in and do it . Period . Kemba played well but it's better to have 18 and 10 from him any day . The wings did not shoot well this series , no doubt . But they have to get kick out for the three point shooters , back doors for the starting wings , passes by the roller to a cutting wing or isos for them that fully clear the side . Anything less won't cut it . Clearly tho , it's shown that the dump to Jefferson show , where he provides no shot blocking, help defense or league average on ball defense should be over .

Posted by: Iron man | Apr 29, 2014 9:38:15 AM

NASTAR -

This season is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than 2010, actually they are the complete opposite to 2010.

Back then they had an extremely old roster, filled with super high dollar contracts, a good but arrogant coach, no draft picks and no cap space (aka no room for improvement).

This time they have a really young roster, filled with low dollar contracts and rookie contracts, and incredibly awesome coaching staff (rated 9 in the NBA by ESPN), a bag full of draft picks in the years to come, to LEGITIMATE star players (1 in the making and 1 with at least 5 more years to go), and as much as $20M in Capspace, plus an amazing marketing strategy being implemented.

2010 Bobcats and 2014 Bobcats (2015 Hornets) are COMPLETLY DIFFERENT Teams, in a GREAT WAY!!!

They were swept in the 1st round yes, but in 2010 that was the ceiling, this 2014 is barely touching his fiundation and already exceeded EVERYONE's expectations (regardless of the East perceived "weakness").

Posted by: RobC | Apr 29, 2014 12:58:07 PM

"...LEGITIMATE star players..." Who might these folks be?

Agreed on a Coach Clifford, question is will he stay? Cliff is a $5+ million per year guy.....think Air Min is willing to pay up?

In the hands of Air Min, Yes Co. & Cho, draft picks have proven to be worth almost nothing.

From what I can tell we pick #16 this year....gonna get a game changer there? As I see it we have 1 young player who could be an impact player at the playoff level 5 years from now -- Cody, that's it. Our #2 can't shoot and will ultimately be used as a defensive specialist off the bench. Our #7 can't catch/dribble/shoot, has already sunk to 9th man in rotation. Our #9 is a two-guard masquerading as a PG and isn't in top-15 at his position, Boobs never win a playoff series with him as starter. Love McBob but he's a 5 team washout, not a linchpin for future. Hendo isn't in top-35 at his position. Face it, Al is now old, and likely facing more surgery in the off-season....I love Big Al but he has a LOT of miles on the odometer.

You slurpers who think we have some sort of an amazing "core", I think you are kidding yourselves.

Meanwhile, rest of East isn't gonna stand still...

"...amazing marketing strategy being implemented." What would that be?

Heard a Boobcat exec quoted on radio today saying they were selling more new packages than any other team in the NBA -- oh yeah? How about some context, tell us what net new tickets are? Exactly how many season ticket holders? How does it compare to a year ago? 2 years ago? 5 years ago? AMYC&C are smoke blowers on this topic...

....what I do know is almost every game I watch on TV the first 4 rows behind the visiting bench had more empty seats than occupied, 90% of the upper deck is empty every game, and even when it's a big game like the Nets one can buy a ticket in the first 5 rows for 30% of face value -- the message: prices are TOO HIGH!

Next year will be interesting for sure....


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 29, 2014 1:42:19 PM

Hey, slurpers, not long ago didn't you all (attempt to) make a case for Byron Mullens being a "borderline All-Star"?!? Seems to me you did...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 29, 2014 4:51:31 PM

NASTAR - let see, you claim Al Jefferson is old and has a lot of minutes on his belt...however, when you compare him to pretty much any other bigman in the league, that is not the case, for example (see below):

A. Jefferson 21,793 over 10 Seasons
D. Howard 27,577 over 10 Seasons
T. Duncan 43,611 over 17 Seasons
L. Aldridge 20,461 over 8 Seasons
K. Garnette 48,910 over 19 Seasons
D. Nowitzki 42,603 over 16 Seasons
M. Gasol 14,712 over 6 Seasons
P. Gasol 32,230 over 13 Seasons

Hopefully you can do the math and notice that on average Al Jefferson has played a lot less minutes than ALL of those comparable players. Also, PF and C tend to play A WHOLE lot longer than wings and PG. So estimating that Al Jefferson can play 5 more season at a high level (+/- 16-20PPG, 8-12RPG, 30-35MPG) that is a very realistic scenario and one that can be easily proven with facts. Unless some extraordinary and unforseen injury hits him, that is pretty much guaranteed. Also, if you know anything about those players above, Al Jefferson has been healthier than all of them throughout his career.

And the other player is Kemba Walker, who is improving his game dramatically and becoming a solid PG in the NBA. Yes he needs to improve his efficiency of FG%, but his game has evolve pretty good. Any NBA and ESPN reporter has been talking about it since the All-Star break.

Posted by: RobC | Apr 29, 2014 5:17:30 PM

"Al Jefferson has been healthier than all of them throughout his career."

Oh yeah, how do you figure?

I get a kick out of it when you slurpers only pick the best of the best when you're trying to make some point or another. Probably 100 or more All-Star appearances on that list there, yet Al has none.

Look, I am a big fan of Big Al....but when things like this start cropping up they become chronic -- and foot/ankle issues can be particularly problematic amongst big men. Especially those that are heavy, which Al is.

Shorty isn't even in the top half of the league at his position (or should I say his adopted position, too short to play his natural position), get over it already.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 29, 2014 8:49:05 PM

Jefferson added, “Josh is our point guard and our power forward. He’s the guy who made everything go.”

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/29/4874717/a-look-ahead-at-the-charlotte.html#storylink=cpy

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If that's true, who is our PG?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 30, 2014 9:22:31 AM

Hahahaha....NASTAR, one quick questions:

I wonder if you just enjoy to take things out of context for the purpose of having fun in these type of blogs....or if you are really that dumb and stupid to arrive at those conclusions (e.g. Al's comment above).

Posted by: RobC | Apr 30, 2014 4:14:07 PM

RobC, those were Al's exact words verbatim...

It is interesting to note that Shorty only averaged 1 more assist per 36 minutes than McBob and given how much more time the ball spends in Shorty's hands, well, looks like Big Al was spot on.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | May 1, 2014 2:55:47 AM

Hahaha...."and given how much more time the ball spends in Shorty's hands". Well actually, the ball doesn't spend "A LOT" more time in Kemba's hands, since it is very well established that the Bobcats play "inside out", meaning Josh and Jefferson kick-off the offense, Kemba scores and handles the ball (quite well by the way).

Also, based on your "incredible" (sarcasm) analysis "Shorty only averaged 1 more assist...than McBob", to use that as some sort of a knock on Kemba or how the Bobcats run their offense, that is quite ignorant. Who is the PG in teams like: Houston, Miami, Indiana, and Chicago. In none of those teams the guy with the most APG, is the one playing the "PG" position. That is one of many reasons why everyone is talking about the NBA becoming a "position-less" basketball league.

But just so you get to learn a little, after the All-Star break, (meaning) once the team had enough time to adjust to Al, the injuries, the new coach, new style and kicked in full gear, the Bobcats went 20-9 (.689%)in a decentlty tough schedule, Kemba Walker played 27 games in that span (he was injured in 2) and averaged 16.9 PPG - 7.7 APG - 4.0 RPG.

Those are some pretty good numbers for a 3rd year PG that plays for a team with NO shooters and offensively challenged (althought that was not the case that last "half" of the season). During those 29 games they averaged 100.8 PPG, that would have put them 15th in the NBA instead of 23rd. Also, 16 of 29 games were against playoffs teams, they went 9-7 in those 16 games. And they went 13-17 vs the West, which is not bad for a team that only won 28 games in the previous two seasons and whose 5 starters missed a combined 47 games due to injuries. That is called progress....GO HORNETS!!!!

Posted by: RobC | May 1, 2014 1:32:50 PM

Oh and by the way, my "13-17 vs the West" comment is based on the entire season, not just the last 29 games. Apologies, but based on your history, I felt the need to explain.

Posted by: RobC | May 1, 2014 1:37:02 PM

Waddup slurpers!!

Sorensen on the radio saying Boobs need to sign a backup center as well as a 2//3 guard who can actually SHOOT!

Lol...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | May 15, 2014 2:25:28 PM

NASTAR...is that news for you! I think any Bobcats/Hornets fan knows that. They need an upgrade at the SG and a backup Center who can score.

Actually, getting a scoring SF (trading Hendo) and moving MKG to the SG spot as a defensive stopper would be pretty solid too. Similar to Tony Allen who is also a really bad shooter.

I've always said they should:

Get a backup PG: Sessions, Vazquez or Livingston would be great.

An upgtade at the wing: I would not mind they gambling on the final two years of Jeff Green or Aaron Affalo (or maybe both).

As well as a backup Center: ideally Jordan Hill (good on offense and defense, great rebounder) or even Andray Blatche (good offense and rebounding, not much defense).

Biyombo could stay as a 3rd option and give him one last chance to see if he gets tp learn how to catch the ball. He is an incredible defender, but his offense is way too bad. He has all the skills and talent, he is young, but for some reason, he is stuck with his lack of offense.

Posted by: RobC | May 15, 2014 4:45:22 PM

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