Player News - Bobcats

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Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill.
Apr 20 - 6:56 PM

Al Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia on Sunday and returned in the second quarter of Game 1's 99-88 loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 18 points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

He shot 4-of-4 from the field before the injury and just 5-of-13 after. Jefferson looked very slow on defense and he clearly wasn't 100 percent. If he's not going to be healthy this series, the Heat are likely going to sweep the Bobcats because Jefferson's interior presence exploits one of their weaknesses. There should be numerous updates on his status leading up to Wednesday's Game 2.
Apr 20 - 6:13 PM

Kemba Walker scored 20 points in Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Heat on 6-of-15 from the field, adding five boards, six assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

It was his usual pull-up fest today and he attempted plenty of contested shots. The playoff spotlight may have affected Walker with tons of flashy moves and that may explain his six turnovers today. He led the NBA in touches per game, so he'll need to play within himself a little more on Wednesday.
Apr 20 - 6:03 PM

Gary Neal played 28 minutes off the bench against the Heat on Sunday, scoring 17 points with three boards and two 3-pointers.

He ate into Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's playing time, which is not really a surprise. MKG doesn't bring much on the offensive end and didn't score in the first half before putting in five after halftime, so this probably going to be a trend in this series.
Apr 20 - 5:57 PM

Al Jefferson went to the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Heat with a strained left plantar fascia and returned to action.

He walked back under his own power and the injury didn't appear too serious. Jefferson was having his way with four makes on four attempts before exiting, so the Bobcats need him to stay healthy.
Apr 20 - 3:54 PM

Kemba Walker led the NBA this season in touches per game at 100.3.

He ranked fourth in total time of possession and has quickly become a facilitator with a career-high 6.1 assists per game. Walker also brought his turnovers down to 2.3 per game this season, but his shooting percentage did drop down to 39.3 percent due to struggling a bit around the rim. He and the Bobcats will have their hands full with the Heat in the first round.
Apr 17 - 4:36 PM

Al Jefferson had 10 points, 18 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's overtime win against the Bulls.

They were hoping for a Wizards loss, but it looks like they're going to beat Boston. The Bobcats are set to face the Heat in Round 1 and they'll have their hands full with Jefferson. Chris Douglas-Roberts had 13 and Gerald Henderson had 11, as the Bobcats got some great playoff-like experience tonight. Jefferson suffered a left knee contusion tonight, but returned to play through it, and it will likely take a lot more than that to keep him off the court against Miami.
Apr 16 - 9:54 PM

Kemba Walker hit just 6-of-16 shots and missed all six of this 3-point attempts, but he still finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block in a tough win over the Bulls.

The Bobcats needed this win to possibly move up to No. 6, but it looks like the Wizards are going to win, setting up a Bobcats vs. Heat first-round playoff matchup.
Apr 16 - 9:51 PM

Al Jefferson went to the locker room against the Bulls on Wednesday due to a left knee contusion and returned to the game.

Jefferson did walk back to the locker room under his own power and the Bobcats looked to have dodged a bullet here. There have been a handful of costly knee contusions this year, but Jefferson sounds like he's OK.
Apr 16 - 8:30 PM

Kemba Walker, who hit just 1-of-9 shots on Monday, said on Tuesday that his groin feels good.

Consider the injury to be behind him as the Bobcats prepare for Round 1 of the playoffs, where they'll likely face the Heat.
Apr 15 - 1:46 PM

Kemba Walker (groin) returned to action in Monday's win over the Hawks, hitting just 1-of-9 shots (including a three) for five points, zero rebounds and seven assists in 24 minutes.

Clearly he's not at 100 percent but a chance at the No. 6 seed, which would avoid Miami, is still on the line and he's going to push through if he can. Gerald Henderson was just as bad but without an excuse, hitting an identical 1-of-9 shots for four points, five rebounds and three assists, and Al Jefferson went for 27 and 15 with one steal against the Hawks' depleted squad.
Apr 14 - 10:45 PM

Josh McRoberts scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting (all threes) with two rebounds and four assists in 15 foul-plagued minutes on Monday.

McRoberts isn't going to make owners confident going into Wednesday's game after this result but a late-round grade is probably a fair projection. Gary Neal added 17 points with two threes in 25 minutes off the bench, and he's only worth a look if you're hunting points and threes.
Apr 14 - 10:42 PM

Kemba Walker (groin) will start against the Hawks on Monday.

He missed two games with a sore groin and must be feeling well. Walker can be placed back in all fantasy lineups while Luke Ridnour can be cut across the board.
Apr 14 - 6:54 PM

Kemba Walker (groin injury) is expected to play vs. the Hawks on Monday.

Walker made it through shootaround without any setbacks so it seems like he's ready to start after missing the past two games. Charlotte is still one game behind the sixth-place Wizards, so depending upon the outcome of Monday's games they can still move up the rankings.
Apr 14 - 12:06 PM

Luke Ridnour started for Kemba Walker (groin) and had 12 points, eight assists, a block and two 3-pointers on 4-of-8 shooting on Saturday.

He's not worth starting in most leagues, but the Bobcats may continue to use him in hopes that Walker's groin is good to go by the start of the playoffs.
Apr 12 - 10:28 PM


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