CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Jefferson is doubtful for Game 4 Monday night against the Miami Heat due to a lingering foot injur

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Jefferson is doubtful for Game 4 Monday night against the Miami Heat due to a lingering foot injur

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Jefferson is doubtful for Game 4 Monday night against the Miami Heat due to a lingering foot injury, according to Bobcats coach Steve Clifford. Jefferson, the teams leading scorer and rebounder, has been hobbled since straining the plantar fascia in his left foot in the first quarter of Game 1. He didnt participate in Mondays shoot around. "Hes not close to where he was for the last two games," Clifford said. Clifford said in Game 3 Jeffersons foot got worse as the game progressed and having only one day off in between games didnt help his chances of being ready for Game 4. Jefferson hobbled noticeably Monday as he left the gym after watching teammates shoot around in practice. Jefferson said he feels as if hes "walking on needles." "I wouldnt wish this pain on anyone," Jefferson said. "Its the worst pain Ive ever dealt with in my career." Jefferson wouldnt rule himself out, saying hes taking things hour-to-hour. "Im seeing how its going to feel and go from there," Jefferson said. Miami leads the series 3-0 and can close out the Bobcats with a win Monday night in Charlotte. Clifford said Bismack Biyombo is expected to start for Jefferson. That represents a major dropoff in production, particularly from the offensive end. Jefferson averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebound per game in his first season with the Bobcats, while Biyombo has never scored more than 14 points in a game. Biyombo has only played 15 minutes in the playoffs and scored one point. Jeffersons teammates said they respect his ability to get on the floor the past two games. "He has given us all he can," point guard Kemba Walker said. "And I think down to a man we appreciate his effort. Hes been nothing but great for us. He has been playing really well and hes not 100 per cent." Said Clifford: "I know how badly Al wants to play. The most upset person about this is him. So its frustrating, but again its part of pro sports." Clifford said the Bobcats will play more five-man basketball using pick and rolls, rather than relying on Jefferson in the low post. Walker, the teams second-leading scorer, will be relied upon to help pick up the slack in Jeffersons absence. "We have to find better ways for Kemba to be on the attack," Clifford said. Jefferson said its frustrating that he worked so hard all season only to injure the foot in the first quarter of the playoffs. "This season has been a great season for all of the things we have done so far," Jefferson said. "We are going into the game tonight trying to win... Regardless of what may happen it has been a wonderful season and guys have a lot to be proud of for the things we have done this season. But we cant take any steps back. We have to continue to build and get better." Jefferson said he wont need surgery after the season. Swell Bottles Nz 750ml . We wonder if the price of a Roberts rookie card has at least gone up a few cents? 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Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced today the signing of right-handed pitcher Kyle Bellamy and left-handed pitcher Kyle Anderson to contracts for the 2014 season. Bellamy, 26, missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He last pitched in 2012 in the Chicago White Sox organization, splitting time between Class A Advanced Winston-Salem of the Carolina League and Class AA Birmingham of the Southern League. He had no record, a 1.65 ERA and four saves in 18 appearances out of the bullpen with Winston-Salem. In 16 relief appearances with Birmingham, he went 1-2 with a 4.68 ERA. “Were going to give him the opportunity to pitch the ninth inning for us,” Forney said. “He had a lot of success with the White Sox organization. Unfortunately, hes had a couple seasons where hes missed significant time because of injury that has somewhat derailed his professional career. Were excited to have him. Hes a sidearm pitcher with a lot of deception in his delivery. We think he can be the perfect fit for us at the back of the bullpen.” Bellaamy was selected by the White Sox in the fifth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft and played three seasons in their system, including parts of two summers at Class AA.dddddddddddd He missed the entire 2011 season due to a shoulder injury. He attended spring training with the White Sox earlier this month before being released. Anderson, 23, has played the last two seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays organization after being signed as a free agent following his college career at Cal Poly. In 15 starts with Class A Short Season Vancouver of the Northwest League last season, he went 5-3 with a 2.71 ERA. All five of his starts that went at least six innings were quality starts. “Hes a young left-hander that were going to insert into our starting rotation,” Forney said. “He competes well in the strike zone, has tremendous command, great mechanics and hes a really reliable guy. Hes exactly what I was looking for in the back of my rotation.” The Goldeyes now have 23 players signed for the 2014 season, including 12 pitchers and 11 position players. ' ' '
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