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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-06

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-06

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-06One of the reasons why the Knicks bought the No. 29 pick from the Lakers in the June draft to select Toney Douglas was to get some depth at the point guard spot behind Chris Duhon. Last season, Duhon clearly broke down physically in the second half under the demanding minutes he had to play at the point guard position. Duhon recorded 36.8 minutes per game for the season, but that number was over 40 for most of the first half and he also recorded two 48-minute complete games.

So five games into the new season, Duhon is again leading the team with 39:29 per game, while Douglas has yet to earn the trust of Coach Mike D'Antoni to get those critical minutes to give Duhon rest in the second half.

D'Antoni did point out that Duhon's average is a bit skewed, because he played in a double-overtime and overtime game among his five games so far.

"He did log some extra minutes that you really don't plan on, but you're right, we tried to keep his minutes down to about 35 and when I get (more comfortable) with Toney -- I'm comfortable in the first half, for sure, the second half I get a little (less)... especially the last game."

The last game was a tight battle with Chris Paul and the Hornets, which the Knicks won. But with Nate Robinson's ankle injury, Douglas is seeing more immediate run, but, again, it's limited. Douglas played 11:35 against the Pacers and had four points with zero assists and zero turnovers. D'Antoni likes Douglas, who is a tenacious defender who can score, but like and trust are two very different emotions in crunch time.

"As he continues to improve his shot and his shot selection, I think he'll get more minutes," D'Antoni said. "And we'll be able to keep Chris down to a good number."

PACERS 101, KNICKS 89: The Knicks' offense sputtered in the second half and managed just 15 points in the final 15 minutes of the game, including six straight empty possessions late in the fourth quarter. David Lee had 20 points and 19 rebounds and Al Harrington added 22 points off the bench for the Knicks (1-4), who held several 8- and 9-point leads throughout the game but could not put away the Pacers, who were in the second game of a back-to-back. Danny Granger led Indiana (1-3) with 21 points and Dahntay Jones had 19 points and 12 rebounds.

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