Hornets coach Steve Clifford: Al Jefferson is pain free


iAl Jefferson is finally healthy. 

According to Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford, big man Al Jefferson has fully recovered from the plantar fascia tear he sustained during Charlotte’s first round playoff series against the Miami Heat. Jefferson suffered the injury in game one of the series. 

Al gave a valiant effort and continued to play through the injury, but every stagger became more and more painful for the former Boston Celtic. The injury forced to Jefferson sit out game four of the first round matchup, and Charlotte’s surprising season ended in somber fashion.

Q. Any concerns about Al Jefferson’s foot after the plantar fascia injury in the playoffs?

A. He’s here doing all the (voluntary) workouts. He’s had no pain, no restrictions.

Having Jefferson healthy is imperative for the Hornets as they look to continue their ascension to the top of the Eastern Conference. Charlotte has done an excellent job of bolstering their roster this offseason, adding Marvin Williams, Brian Roberts and making a big splash by signing Lance Stephenson. Add in a fully healthy Jefferson, and you have a team capable of grabbing home court in the first round of this years postseason.

Al Jefferson averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game last year for the Charlotte Hornets.


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