Bobcats listing Al Jefferson as "questionable" for opener. He participated in most of practice.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) October 28, 2013
I wouldn’t list this as a setback, but Bobcats fans are going to have to play the waiting game to see if Al Jefferson debuts in the opener Wednesday night or not.
Jefferson did reportedly practice today, but the extent of how much activity he was able to do is unknown. He was riding the bike as practice was opened up to the media, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
“He did some contact, some 5-on-5, but not everything,” Steve Clifford said after practice.
One thing is clear here: Jefferson is taking the ankle very serious and handling the situation with precaution. One week ago it sounded like a no-brainer that he’d play against the Rockets in the opener, but it doesn’t seem like the tone around him is quite as optimistic now. The fact that the opener dishes out Dwight Howard, James Harden and the upstart Rockets could certainly have something to do with this — Charlotte will face a ton of pick-and-rolls on Wednesday night and the team may not be very confident running Jefferson and his glass ankle out in coverage of the PnR. I’m just throwing darts here, but it’s worth considering. Worst case, we’ll see Jefferson on Friday night at home against Cleveland.