MIAMI -- Don't expect the Miami Heat to feel bad for ailing Charlotte center Al Jefferson and the Bobcats as the teams' first-round Eastern Conference series continues.
"Nobody feels bad for me," said Dwyane Wade, who sat 28 games during the regular season mostly to protect his knees.
Jefferson, a dominating low-post force, suffered a plantar fascia injury early in Miami's 99-88 Game 1 victory on Sunday. He needed two in-game injections and left the arena in a walking boot that will remain on until Wednesday. Still, he returned and finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes.
The Bobcats said Jefferson can't damage the injury further, and his availability for Wednesday night's Game 2 will depend on the player's pain tolerance.
Heat center/forward Chris Bosh, who suffered plantar fasciitis in 2007 when with Toronto, agreed with that assessment.
"I didn't pop mine and I didn't need pain shots," Bosh said after the Heat's practice Tuesday. "It hurts, plantar fascia hurts, and...