MIAMI — Once again, the Knicks’ season is on the line. And once again, they’ve got a change in their rotation.
In the wake of Baron Davis‘ injury, the Knicks need help in the backcourt. And in Wednesday’s Game 5 (7 p.m. ET, TNT), it will be Toney Douglas‘ turn to step up.
Douglas has yet to play in the first round series against the Miami Heat and hasn’t been a part of the Knicks’ regular rotation since late January. He shot just 32 percent from the field and 23 percent from 3-point range this season.
But he did give the Knicks one strong game in Orlando after Mike Woodson took over as coach, putting up 15 points, five rebounds and six assists in a 96-80 victory on April 5.
On Monday, Woodson said that we’d only see Douglas if the Heat used Norris Cole off the bench. But by shootaround on Wednesday, Woodson had changed his thinking.
“He will be the first one off the bench, in terms of relieving [Mike] Bibby,” Woodson said, adding that Douglas’ job is “just to run our team and do what he does best. He’s capable of making shots. And defensively, we’ve got to stay solid out front.”
Though Douglas will be out there backing up Bibby, Tyson Chandler doesn’t want Douglas acting like a point guard.
“He has to look for his shot,” Chandler said. “If Toney’s out there and he’s trying to get everybody else involved, he’s not the same Toney Douglas.
“He’s a combo-guard, but he’s more of a scorer. If he can get out tonight and give us some big scoring, it will ultimately help the team.”
So basically, Chandler wants Toney Douglas to do what Toney Douglas do.