Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Al Jefferson (foot) will not play in Game 4 on Monday night vs. the Heat.

He was doubtful since the morning and coach Steve Clifford said his big man would have likely been out 2-3 weeks. They're down 3-0 due to Jefferson playing at way less than 100 percent and will likely get swept tonight. Jefferson also said earlier today that he doesn't expect to have off-season surgery on his ankle, which was a bigger problem earlier in the season. Bismack Biymobo figures to get the start while Cody Zeller and Anthony Tolliver could get more run.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson (foot) is doubtful to play in Game 4 on Monday.

"He couldn't do anything [at shootaround] this morning," Clifford said. If Big Al doesn't suit up it could be a disappointing end to the season for Charlotte, which faces a daunting 0-3 hole in the series and isn't going anywhere with their star player hobbled by a torn plantar fascia. His status isn't likely to be officially determined until just before tip-off.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Coach Steve Clifford said Al Jefferson (foot) will be a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 against the Heat.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Al Jefferson played through his painful foot injury Saturday and had 20 points, five rebounds and three blocks on 8-of-13 shooting.

He wasn't his old self tonight and the fact he's playing through this kind of pain says something about the man. Unfortunately, the Bobcats are in a deep 0-3 hole and it's all going to be for naught.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) went through shootaround on Saturday and confirmed that he will play in Game 3.

The big man's effectiveness has been limited due to his injury. He scored 18 points in 40 minutes of action during Game 2 but made just 39.1 percent of his shots, well below his 50.9 percent season average. He's having trouble pivoting towards the basket and his movement has clearly stunted the dominant nature that he showed during the regular season.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Al Jefferson (foot) said on Friday that he wouldn't be playing if it was still the regular season.

He said his foot felt like he was "walking on hot coals" on Thursday, but he did say he's feeling a bit better. Jefferson was hobbling through Game 2 on Wednesday and he's clearly nowhere near 100 percent. Luckily, the Bobcats won't suit up until Saturday, but that's still probably not going to be enough time for Jefferson to get right. They'll try to get one in the win column at home.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Al Jefferson, who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.

Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Al Jefferson (foot) went to the locker room with about two minutes left in the first quarter of Wednesday's game.

His strained plantar fascia is clearly bothering him. He's been slow getting up and down in transition while he has very little agility. Jefferson could be out for the game or he could be getting treatment, but this definitely spells trouble for the Bobcats. We'll pass along any info as it becomes available.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Al Jefferson (foot) is listed as a starter against the Heat in Wednesday's Game 2.

He went through warmups for about 10 minutes with coach Patrick Ewing and reportedly looked to be doing so without a limp, according to Charlotte beat writer Rick Bonnell. Jefferson may have had a pain-killing shot and he might get another one after showing up to the arena in a walking boot. The Heat will likely test Jefferson and we'll know quickly how he looks tonight.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 Months

Al Jefferson (foot) arrived to American Airlines Arena in a walking boot for Wednesday's Game 2 vs. the Heat.

He said he is going to play earlier today and there has been nothing to suggest otherwise. Jefferson is obviously going to have to play through some pain and may require some pain-killing shots like he did in Game 1's loss. If he's not close to 100 percent, the Bobcats are in big trouble. Stay tuned for an official word on his status.