“The coaches have a lot of confidence in me. I have confidence in myself. I feel comfortable.” — Toney Douglas
“When Toney was on the court, we played a lot better. He hit a big 3-pointer for us and played with a lot of energy.” — Mike D’Antoni
“Either way I look at it, I can’t have a bad game because I can control my defense. If I’m not shooting the ball well I can still distribute the ball, create for other people and give us something on the defensive end.” — Toney Douglas
“His decision-making has gotten better but the thing he did, he never wavered from working as hard as he can work. He never backed off. You got to give him a lot of credit. His personality and work ethic has been huge. That’s definitely paying off right now.”— Mike D’Antoni
The season is practically over and almost irrelevant as we move closer to July, 2010 but the Knicks are finally finding out how well their rookie point guard can play and lead a team. In the past three games, Toney Douglas has brought early season energy to the game, surprising opponents and re-boosting the Knicks. Where the vets on many teams are dialing it down, for rookies like Douglas it is show and tell time.
Douglas told us, through his play, why he is starting guard material and he can transcend the forced notion that he must be either a point guard or a two guard. Douglas altered the pace in the second half and led the Knicks defense to disrupt the Sixers offensive flow which derived from fast break points early on. Overall, Douglas scored 20 points dishing 7 assists and reining in three steals.
Last night, as Andre Igudola had a horrendous shooting game. He went 0-7 from the tre arc as coach Eddie Jordan curiously kept him in the game as the Sixers lost ground in the 4th and needed the sharp shooting of Jason Kapono to make it closer in the waning minutes.
D’Antoni is starting his young guns line-up which includes the three players most likely to be on the roster at the beginning of next season, Toney Douglas, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, paired with the vets Tracey McGrady and David Lee. The youngin’s played over 37 minutes each.
Danilo Gallinari, almost matched his two game average against the Sixers by adding 20 points but only 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 41 minutes of play.
It should not go unnoticed that Wilson Chandler grabbed 11 rebounds, dished 4 assists and scored 12 points off 6 for 9 shooting. Tracy McGrady was hot from the arc going 4 for 5 and scoring 14 points in total.
Dalembert fresh off a meeting with the President Obama and the president of Haiti was very tough under the boards as he scored 11 points on 18 rebounds. Nine of those boards were on the offensive end. Sixers rookie Jrue Holiday (18 points, 6 assists) had a nice stretch of scoring in the second quarter as the 76ers extended their lead to as many as 11 points. He finished the half with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Al Harrington gave the Knicks 15 off the bench. After leading the Knicks in scoring for two straight games, Bill Walker settled down as he could only muster two points, one turnover and three fouls in 15 minutes
Tear Drop Shots:
After losing to the Cavs, the Celtics spanked the Pistons 119-93. Nate Robinson played 21 minutes and contributed 8 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 personal fouls. . . .Rockets rookie Jordan Hill had 5 points and 5 boards in 11 minutes, with all of his points coming from the free throw line. . . . Trevor Ariza scored 12 in 36 minutes as Houston beat Denver. . . . Mardy Collins is still with the Clippers and played 39 games this season. . . .