Apr 11, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) returns up court against the Boston Celtics in the second half at TD Garden. The Celtics defeated the Bobcats 106-103. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Bobcats center Al Jefferson to play through planter fasciitis

The Charlotte Bobcats got off to a great start against the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon but things went downhill after center Al Jefferson went down with what is being called planter fasciitis. Reports have indicated that Jefferson has a tear in his foot tissue which is causing the pain and he required two separate pain killing shots before returning to the Bobcats Game 1 loss.

But while he is no doubt going to be hobbled, Jefferson will be playing in Game 2 against the Heat and will be playing through the injury as long as he can.

“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 is being hailed as a critical part of the Bobcats attack and without him fully healthy it would appear Charlotte has even less of a chance against the Heat than they already did.

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