http://www.c-n.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/SPORTS01/604130401/1011Nets center Jason Collins suffered what he called a bone bruise late in Tuesday night's 104-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls, banging knees with the Bulls' Malik Allen.
No magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams were scheduled, but it seemed as though Collins might sit out Friday's tilt in Boston.
"It's not a big deal," Collins said before Wednesday's game.
But the idea of an unhealthy Collins -- who missed 10 games this season with knee and nerve problems -- for the playoffs is not a good one. So Frank said keeping him out against the 76ers -- and possibly beyond -- was both precautionary and necessary.
"I'd say it's a combination," Frank said. "It's causing him significant discomfort. And it's one of those things where if he were to play tonight, it's could affect him for the next two games. So we'd rather take care of it now. This is our fourth game in five nights. We just don't want to take any risk with him."