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Position
C
 
Jersey
25
Name  Al Jefferson
Born  1/4/1985
Height  6-10
Weight  289
College  None
7/28/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) will not compete for a Team USA spot, instead opting to rest the foot for next season.
Insight: Jefferson averaged 21.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg and 2.1 apg last season and that's top-tier fantasy value and we wouldn't want anything to slow his recovery. Team USA still has plenty of talent in the middle.
 
4/28/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) will miss Monday's game against the Heat, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Bismack Biyombo will start in his place.
Insight: Jefferson gutted out the first three games of the series at far less than 100 percent and averaged 35 minutes, 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. Miami will go for the sweep Monday night.
 
4/28/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) has been downgraded to doubtful for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Miami.
Insight: He couldn't do anything at the morning shootaround, according to coach Steve Clifford. Jefferson was a fantasy stud all season averaging 21.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg. He's averaged 18.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg in three playoff games.
 
4/27/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: According to Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) will be a game-time call Monday in Game 4. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Don't believe a word Clifford says. Big Al is playing on Monday. But how effective will he be? Well that's up for debate. Jefferson has certainly looked hobbled against the Heat (18.7 ppg on 49.1 percent shooting) but with the Bobcats' season on the line, we're sure he'll give it his best effort.
 
4/26/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) is questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Miami.
Insight: Jefferson has been dealing with a plantar fascia injury which will likely be with him throughout the playoffs. He averaged 21.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg during the regular season and 18 ppg and 11.5 rpg in the playoffs.
 
4/23/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) returned to Wednesday's game against the Heat in the second quarter.
Insight: Jefferson had a pain-killing injection prior to the game for his plantar fascia injury but had to go to the locker room with two minutes left in the first quarter. Coach Steve Clifford told Rachel Nichols of Turner Sports during a sideline interview that Jefferson said he felt his foot tear a little more, but the center will attempt to play through the pain.
 
4/23/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) started Wednesday's game against the Heat but went to the locker room with two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Insight: Jefferson is dealing with a plantar fascia injury and was a game-time decision. He had a pain-killing injection prior to the game so it's not a good sign that he already had to exit.
 
4/23/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) participated in pre-game warmups and is expected to play Wednesday in Game 2 against the Heat. SOURCE: Michael Wallace, ESPN
Insight: He's been assured that playing on his strained plantar fascia won't make the injury worse, though it's still going to be very painful. The Bobcats will try to avoid a 2-0 deficit against Miami.
 
4/21/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson says he'll be active for Wednesday's Game 2 against Miami. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: He's been assured that playing on his strained plantar fascia won't make the injury worse, though it's still going to be very painful. Big Al logged 35 minutes in the opener on Sunday and will probably see a similar workload in Game 2.
 
4/20/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Updating an earlier story, Bobcats center Al Jefferson left the arena Sunday wearing a walking boot on his left foot. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Jefferson said he heard a "pop," which is never good. He's officially been diagnosed with a strained plantar fascia and it's 50/50 whether he suits up for Game 2 on Wednesday night.
 
4/20/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson strained his left plantar fascia Sunday in a Game 1 loss to Miami. SOURCE: Bobcats on PR
Insight: He played through the injury and finished with 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The Bobcats are going to have their work cut out for them if Jefferson is hobbled throughout this first round series.
 
Hot4/14/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson extended his streak of 20-point, 10-rebound games to seven with 27 points and 15 boards Monday at Atlanta.
Insight: Jefferson has been good for 25.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game over his last 37 games.
 
4/13/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson muscled his way to 29 points and 12 rebounds Saturday against Philadelphia.
Insight: The wins give Charlotte its first .500 season since 2010. Jefferson has been the most dominant center in professional hoops since the All-Star break, leading all NBA big men with 25.0 ppg in 27 second half appearances.
 
4/4/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson poured in 29 points Friday in a win over the Magic.
Insight: He also had 16 rebounds. With the win, the Bobcats moved to 38-38 for the season. It's the first time Charlotte has been at .500 since November 23rd.
 
3/26/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson went berserk Wednesday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: Jefferson torched the Nets for 35 points on 15-of-27 shooting. He also had 15 rebounds, giving him four double-doubles in his last five games. The 29-year-old has completely resurrected his career in Charlotte and could be headed for his first All-NBA selection.
 
Hot3/14/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson had 25 points and 16 rebounds in 38 minutes Friday against the Timberwolves.
Insight: The Bobcats won again, giving them five wins in the last six games and bringing them within two games of .500. Jefferson has been a big part of the resurrection of the francise with his 21.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg. He has put up 26.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg in 13 games since the All-Star break.
 
Hot3/10/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson erupted for 26 points Monday in a win against Denver.
Insight: Nobody has been able to stop Jefferson since the All-Star break. In his last 11 games, he's posted averages of 26.2 ppg and 9.7 rpg. We'll see what he can do Wednesday against Washington.
 
Hot3/7/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson could not be contained Friday against Cleveland.
Insight: He finished with 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting. The rest of his line included seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks. He's averaging 31.3 ppg for the month of March.
 
Hot3/5/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: The Pacers had no answer for Al Jefferson (34 points, eight rebounds) Wednesday in a 109-87 Bobcats victory.
Insight: Neither did the Heat Monday night in South Beach (38 points, 19 rebounds). Big Al is on a serious tear right now, averaging 29.3 ppg over his last four contests. Among centers, only DeMarcus Cousins is averaging more points this season (22.3 ppg for Cousins, 21.2 ppg for Jefferson).
 
Hot3/3/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson threw up 38 points and 19 rebounds Monday against the Heat.
Insight: You won't hear much about Jefferson because LeBron James had a career-high 61 points in Miami's 17-point win over the Bobcats, but Charlotte's center was masterful. Big Al has been an absolute stud over his last 23 games, averaging 26 ppg and 11.1 rpg in that span.