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Thursday, September 2, 2010
Douglas: Six-year playoff drought over

By Jared Zwerling

Right now, it feels like the Knicks are getting a little beat up. Kelenna Azubuike is still going through rehab (New York Post), Andy Rautins is battling a knee injury, Eddy Curry is a summer no-show and the Nuggets, whether or not they actually trade Carmelo Anthony, favor the Knicks' cross-river rival, the Nets, as a trade candidate. But, at least the Knicks have a special power-up heading into training camp: their one-two punch at point guard. Not only is Raymond Felton a huge upgrade from Chris Duhon, his back-up, Toney Douglas, has been working harder than anyone on the team, according to the team's coaching staff (New York Post). The second-year man, who basically single-handedly led Florida State to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, has already been spending two-a-days at the Knicks' Westchester facility since the start of May. And he believes the Knicks will make the playoffs.

Knicks notes: Jared Zwerling is a senior researcher for ESPN The Magazine and a regular contributor to ESPN RISE. You can follow him on Twitter: @jaredzwerling