Prigioni out of practice with toe injury

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Pablo Prigioni sat out of Tuesday's practice with a bruised left big toe.

He suffered the injury towards the end of the third quarter on Monday, after he went through a screen against Nets forward Kris Humphries. But the Knicks' training staff determined the injury wasn't serious.

"I hit my toe," he said after the game. "I was in big pain and I couldn't walk. ... It's just swollen. Nothing broke I think. Good news."

After practice, Mike Woodson said he expects the backup point guard to play on Thursday against the Celtics.

"He couldn't go today and that's a concern because he bruised his toe, so we've got to be a little cautious with that," he said. "Will he play on Thursday? I'm pretty sure he'll play, but today we had to be cautious about it."

With no Prigioni today, Woodson turned to Iman Shumpert to run the second unit in a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

"I had no choice today," he said. "Kidd played 35 minutes last night. He went through all the conditioning work, but I can't burn Kidd out here in practice. I mean, it's just not fair to him."

Since his return, Shumpert's been getting reps at backup point guard, and Amar'e Stoudemire said he's "coming along" in that role -- one in which he could play at times.

"It takes time to get back into a rhythm out there, to play more on time," the power forward said. "I'm dealing with the same situation as he is, and with experience you get a better feel of how the game is played. So he'll get there soon."

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