Bobcats Al Jefferson Targets Season Opener For His Return

Al Jefferson hopes to be ready for opener.

Al Jefferson was carried off the floor against Miami Friday night in a meaningless preseason contest.

The injury looked more severe than it was in actuality. Jefferson will miss the remaining of the preseason due to a sprained ankle that has him walking around in a boot.

Jefferson is aiming towards a season opener return:

“I’m going to do my best to be back for opening night,” Jefferson said before the Bobcats played the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. “I’m going to take it one day at a time and go through the process. I’ve sprained my ankle so many times, I just know how it goes.”

He limped into the Bradley Center on Saturday using crutches and wearing a walking boot. He’ll wear the boot for several days before the ankle is re-evaluated. X-rays taken at the Sprint Center were negative.

“Obviously, it’s not ideal, but it’s part of being on a team,” Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. “It changes a little bit in terms of our master plan in terms of how we would implement offense, the order we would go. We’d been spending a lot of time obviously on the post-up aspect of it.”