Brendan Maloy
Monday April 21st, 2014

Al Jefferson averaged 21.8 points per game for the Bobcats this season. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Al Jefferson averaged 21.8 points per game for the Bobcats this season. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford has been informed by the team's medical staff that center Al Jefferson will not further injure his foot by continuing to play this postseason, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

Jefferson was severely hobbled during the team's opening playoff game against the Miami Heat with plantar fasciitis, later telling reporters that he required two shots of a localized painkiller just to continue playing in the game. He left the stadium in a walking boot following the 99-88 loss.

If Jefferson is able to manage the pain enough to play in Game 2 of the series on Wednesday, Clifford says "there are no long-term effects. Nothing that could be permanent," as far as the injury is concerned.

SI WIRE: Report: Patrick Beverley cleared to play in Game 2 after MRI finds no new damage in knee

The center led the eighth-seeded Bobcats in both scoring and rebounding this season, his first with the team.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.