The look on his face said it all tonight.? Toney Douglas is a true competitor and cares about one thing and one thing only... winning.
I was not able to see most of the game because work-related studying, but on a tip from my buddy Ryan Meara (***By the way, for those of you that are soccer fans, remember that name.? He is the starting goalie at Fordham University and he has some serious talent***), I tuned into the last couple of minutes to see if the Knicks could actually pull off a spirited comeback on their home floor.? With six seconds left and his team down by two, D'Antoni stuck with the hot hand and called on number 23 to try and finish what he started.? The key to the Knicks' comeback, it was Douglas' game to lose.? Whether it was the wise decision or not (Clyde questioned whether or not giving that responsibility to the rookie was good thinking), D'Antoni's decision was the right decision and I am glad that he made it.
On that last play, Douglas got the ball and took it right at Deron Williams, a strong defender and one the NBA's elite point guards.? Too bad for Toney, he picked up his dribble a split second too early and gave up his chance to cut back left and into the lane for a better shot.? However, regardless of the outcome, not one Knick fan could complain about what they saw from Douglas.? In an early season that has been bereft of passion and hard play, Douglas stepped up tonight and tried to carry this team, both offensively and defensively.