Toney Douglas’ surgically repaired shoulder is now a big issue.
A combination of poor play and a lingering right-shoulder pain has cost Douglas his starting point-guard job. He was to the bench last night with rookie Iman Shumpert making his first career start against the Pistons and only played 5:43 because of his sore shoulder. Douglas was 0-for-3 in the Knicks’ 103-80 win and 0-for-8 on the trip.
Douglas got benched Friday in Washington, played just 12 minutes and was horrifying, missing all five shots, failing to notch an assist and going scoreless. Douglas had major shoulder surgery in the offseason, repairing a torn labrum and didn’t get fully back to health until November during the lockout.