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Thomas a go for Saturday

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Unless there's an 11th hour setback, Tyrus Thomas is a go for Saturday night against the New Orleans Hornets.

Thomas, who has been sidelined nearly seven weeks with a fractured left forearm, participated in a full practice session today and coach Vinny Del Negro was convinced the 6-9 forward is ready for the active roster.

"He got his first practice in today with contact and things," Del Negro said. "There didn't seem to be any side effects.

"Obviously, it's gonna take him awhile to get comfortable with the wrap he has on there and stuff, but he practiced today and was running the court."

Thomas has been running for weeks and returned to non-contact practice drills more than a week ago, so he's anticipating it won't take him long to adjustment to game speed.

"I practiced well today," he said. "I don't see me needing much of an adjustment period."

Del Negro will use Thomas off the bench initially, with rookie Taj Gibson starting at power forward.

"We'll get him in there on Saturday and see how it goes," The coach said of Thomas. "The better he plays, the more minutes and things. Really, it's just getting him back to playing at the speed of the game and the physicality of it. He's been out awhile and he's really only had one real practice, today. So it'll be a little bit of a process.

"It'll be good to have another body out there and his athleticism obviously can help us."

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