Miami Unfortunately, it’s this simple.
If Al Jefferson isn’t effective, the Charlotte Bobcats have no chance to beat the Miami Heat. If Jefferson ceases to be Big Al, if plantar fasciitis limits what he can do when he has the ball as well as when Miami has it, Charlotte’s season ends quietly.
Jefferson scored a game-high eight points in the first quarter at AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday.
With 2 minutes, 10 seconds left in the quarter, Jefferson ran without the ball and felt a pop in his left foot. His plantar fasciitis recurred.
Jefferson returned in the second quarter, but he was a lesser player. He didn’t run down court. He slogged. His pretty moves in the lane, side to side, back and forth, require quickness. And his quickness was gone.
He’d lose a Miami defender, have an open path to the basket and still take the jump shot. He no longer was Big Al.
He finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, a double-double that was nice but insufficient. His teammates occasionally surg...