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Jefferson injury clears way for Miami Heat series sweep vs. Bobcats

Jefferson picked up an injury in Game One
Jefferson picked up an injury in Game One.

The Charlotte Bobcats were heavy underdogs in the lead up to Game One of their first round NBA Playoff series against the Miami Heat.

That was before they lost 99-88 on Sunday night.

And that was before their star man, Al Jefferson, picked up an injury that continues to limit him in the run up to Game Two.

The Miami Heat now have to be confident of seeing of Michael Jordan's team in four games, giving them plenty of time to prepare for a second round match up.

All the while watching as their main rivals in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers, battle it out against the Atlanta Hawks in what looks like a series that could go the distance after the Hawks took a 1-0 series lead this weekend.

Jefferson has been in tremendous form this season for the Bobcats meanwhile. The center has averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in 2013-14, and was believed to be the main threat to the no.2 seed's chances of progression.

And although he managed to carry on playing against LeBron and co after picking up a foot injury in the first quarter, finishing with 18 points in total, Jefferson has been out of action since.

He spoke of his belief that he will feature in Game Two Wednesday, but he is unlikely to be as dominant as the Bobcats will require should they harbor any realistic hope of tying the series and extending it beyond four outings having not been able to practice in the intermittent days.

With the Heat having honed in on a winning playoff formula in the past couple of seasons the injury to one of their opponents main threats so early on in the series is only going to add to the belief that they could be set to three-peat this season.

And things are looking good in Erick Spoelstra's camp too. 

In contrast to Jefferson's injury, the outlook for Heat's own Dwyane Wade is far brighter.

The experienced player, who has struggled with injury throughout the regular season, was back to his best in Game One - shooting 10-of-16 from the field and finishing with 23 points.

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Charlotte Bobcats
NBA Playoffs
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Miami Heat

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