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Al Jefferson to miss minimum of four weeks with groin injury

Al Jefferson will miss a minimum of four weeks with a strain in the left side of his groin.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Al Jefferson left Monday night's game between the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks with a strain in his groin. It has now been announced that, due to the same groin injury, Jefferson will miss a minimum of four weeks.

This is a huge blow for an already struggling Hornets team. Defenses come into games against Charlotte with a plan to shut down Al Jefferson before they worry about anybody else on the roster. Last season, Jefferson was an All NBA Center and a huge force in the Hornets run to the playoffs, for the second time in franchise history. This year Jefferson has struggled to play to that same level but that doesn't change the impact he has on a game. Any time missed by Jefferson is a blow the Hornets can't afford right now.

Four weeks is only the minimum for Jefferson and it's scary to think that he could miss any more time than that. The Hornets have to find a way to make up for his absence and while they have options, none are as good as Big Al.

During Jefferson's absence Bismack Biyombo will be the starting center. The Hornets have also recalled Noah Vonleh from the D-League to provide big man depth.

Jefferson is averaging 18 points and 8 rebounds per game, while shooting 48% from the field.