CHARLOTTE, N. C. -- The first player to exit the Bobcats' practice gym Monday was Al Jefferson, walking with a noticeable limp in a walking boot strapped up to the mid-calf region of his left leg.
The injury -- a strained plantar fascia that he suffered in the first quarter of Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat -- has him listed as "day to day" for Wednesday's Game 2 in Miami, but there's no question he's suiting up.
"No question in my mind I'm going to play Wednesday," he said.
The All-Star center said the foot is "a little sore," but the pain is the worst in the morning. The more he walks around, the more it loosens up and the better he feels throughout the day.
"It's the playoffs. Everybody's a little banged up, so I know he'll be ready on Wednesday," Bobcats teammate Josh McRoberts said.
Jefferson came back out of the locker room Sunday to gut it out, recording 18 points and 10 rebounds, but he had to receive two shots just to finish the game. His coach, Steve Clifford, said...