Thomas woke up Wednesday with soreness a day after his first full-contact practice since he was diagnosed with a torn meniscus on Jan. 20. Thomas sat out shootaround and says he now hopes to return Friday against Portland.
The Bobcats also will be without guard Stephen Jackson for a third straight game Wednesday because of continued problems with his strained left hamstring. Coach Paul Silas said a day earlier Jackson would return against the Bulls.
And Charlotte has more injury woes. Silas says backup center Joel Przybilla's surgically repaired right knee "hurts a lot" and will limit his minutes.
The Bobcats have dropped five straight, but sit a game behind Indiana for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.