Suns center Thomas could play in Game 7

Updated: May 20, 2006, 9:49 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns might have center Kurt Thomas available for spot duty off the bench against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
53 8.6 7.8 1.1 .486 .815

Thomas has not played since breaking his right foot against Boston on Feb. 22. He went through 2-on-2 drills on Saturday and was to participate in a full scrimmage on Sunday, coach Mike D'Antoni said.

The Suns certainly could use another big man against the Clippers in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

"Can we get him back on Monday at this level, this quick? I think it's very difficult," D'Antoni said. "We'll see how he scrimmages tomorrow."

If the Suns win, D'Antoni said he was confident Thomas could play at some point in the conference finals.

Thomas didn't have much to say about his status after Saturday's workout.

"It feels good," he said. "We'll see how it is after tomorrow."

D'Antoni minimized any impact Thomas could have so soon after coming back.

"That's a tough injury to come back and throw someone into a playoff situation," D'Antoni said. "I don't know if it's fair to ask him to do that. We'll hold that judgment until we see him scrimmage and then make a good decision."

Thomas, acquired from the New York Knicks before the season began, averaged 8.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in 53 games for Phoenix.


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