Thomas (orbital) logged 17 minutes in a 94-90 win over the Spurs on Sunday, recording two points (1-2 FG) and two rebounds.
It was Thomas' first appearance since Jan. 15, as the veteran forward had been sidelined for nearly a month with a fractured orbital and concussion-like symptoms. While it wasn't certain if Thomas would occupy a rotation spot immediately upon returning, coach Jeff Hornacek opted to use Thomas as the main backup to both Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, with Mindaugas Kuzminskas (coach's decision) failing to get off the bench. It looks as though Thomas could be a mainstay on the second unit now that he's healthy, but he's unlikely to see much further gains in playing time in subsequent contests.
Thomas (orbital) indicated that he will return to the court Sunday versus the Spurs, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
The 28-year-old forward has been sidelined the previous thirteen games. It is unclear if the team intends on easing him back into action or if he will play without limitations. His return will likely cut into Mindaugas Kuzminskas' minutes providing depth at small forward.
Thomas (orbital) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Nuggets, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.
The Knicks' game notes listed Thomas as doubtful, so he was never a great bet to return to the court Friday, despite intimations earlier this week that he was targeting a return for the game against the Nuggets. Thomas is no longer suffering from the headaches that he initially dealt with after suffering a left orbital fracture in mid-January, but it appears he may need further time to regain conditioning before the Knicks clear him for game action.
Thomas (orbital) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Clippers.
Thomas indicated earlier in the week that he was targeting Friday's game for his return from an absence that has spanned nearly a month, but the doubtful designation implies he'll likely be sidelined once again. Even once Thomas is cleared to return from a fractured left orbital, his extended time off won't guarantee him a spot in coach Jeff Hornacek's rotation, as rookie Mindaugas Kuzminskas has stepped up to offer quality production as the main backup to Carmelo Anthony.
Thomas (orbital) is targeting Friday's game against the Nuggets for his return to the court, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
Thomas has been out since Jan. 15 after suffering a fractured orbital, but it looks as though he's almost fully recovered from the injury, as he noted that his headaches have subsided and that he's been able to increase the intensity of his workouts of late. While Thomas isn't a candidate to play in the Knicks' next game Wednesday against the Cavaliers, he could be made active Friday if he's able to put in a full practice Thursday. Once he's cleared to play again, Thomas will wear a mask to protect his face from further injury.
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