Back, ankle injuries caused by flagrant foul

Updated: April 20, 2004, 4:26 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Knicks forward Tim Thomas was ruled out of Tuesday night's Game 2 against the New Jersey Nets with back and ankle injuries.

Thomas was hurt in New York's Game 1 loss Saturday when he fell hard to the court on a flagrant foul by Nets center Jason Collins.

Thomas had a bruised lower back and a bone bruise on his left ankle. He skipped the Knicks' shootaround Tuesday morning.

Penny Hardaway, who led the Knicks with 18 points in Game 1, was expected to start for Thomas, whose playing status is being listed as day-to-day.

Collins attempted to block a shot by a driving Thomas and his arm caught the Knicks player near the chest and shoulders. Thomas lost his balance.

"It was unfortunate what happened to Tim Thomas," Nets forward Richard Jefferson said. "You never want to see that happen. You never want to gain an advantage in the playoffs because a player goes down, especially on a play like that. But it wasn't malicious."

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