Back, ankle injuries caused by flagrant foul

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