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Thomas stays quiet on reason for skipping Bulls' practice

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas would not reveal his reasons for skipping Wednesday's practice, but said a recent drop in playing time had nothing to do with it.

Thomas was a no-show after playing just under nine foul-plagued minutes in Tuesday's win over Memphis, drawing a two-game suspension from the team that started when Chicago hosted Cleveland on Thursday. It was the second time in three games he played fewer than 10 minutes.

"That wasn't the reason for me missing practice," he said.

Thomas said he had a "nice, long conversation" with interim coach Jim Boylan that "broke some barriers."