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Chauncey Billups believes Toney Douglas can handle a starting role for a playoff team. He just doesn’t want him to get the chance tonight. (NY Post)
“I think that he’s ready for an opportunity like this one. I hope he doesn’t get it,” Billups said yesterday of Douglas starting in Game 2 tonight. “That means I’ll be back out there.
“But he’s ready. He’s ready. Toney’s ready, man.”
Douglas has averaged 13.9 points and 5.7 assists as a starter, but did not play well in Game 1. Even his one shining moment came with an asterisk—yes, Douglas made the three-pointer that shoulda, coulda, woulda won New York the game. But he also shot a contested stepback 24-footer with 12 seconds left on the shot clock, without making a single pass, without even glancing in Amare Stoudemire’s direction. It went in, but Doc Rivers would have called it a hero shot, nonetheless.
Still, the Celtics don’t want to overlook Douglas. (WEEI)
“Douglas is dangerous,” Rivers said. “He does different things. Obviously his speed is a factor. We’ll be ready both ways.” …
“For us we have to be even more focused,” Pierce said. “We haven’t really done a good job when star players sit throughout the course of the season. We’ve had that opportunity many a times and we lost those games. I don’t know if we took it for granted or took it too lightly, but we lost quite a few games when another team’s star was missing. Toney Douglas is more than capable.”
Indeed, Douglas is capable. It’s the playoffs, though, and the Celtics should be ready even if the Knicks unexpectedly sign Adam Morrison to start at point guard.
Anyway, before I go: the line of the day, taken from the Knicks blog Posting and Toasting (a truly great blog). Honestly, I’m not sure if this was meant as a joke.
“Look for even more pick-and-roll action with Toney and Ronny Turiaf, who’ve quietly developed a pretty nice two-man game this year.”
I’m quivering in my boots.
P.S. — If you want to see Stoudemire euphemistically call Glen Davis fat, click here. “His core is not really as tight as it should be,” indeed.