NBA Playoffs 2011: The X-Factor of the Knicks vs. Celtics Series

The Knicks WallContributor IApril 15, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 07:  Toney Douglas #23 of the New York Knicks during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 7, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In my eyes, Toney Douglas will be the X-factor in the upcoming series with the Boston Celtics.

During the regular season, the New York Knicks were 6-1 when Toney Douglas was their leading scorer.

When Douglas has an explosive night, it opens up the floor for many players. He seems to have endless range, as well as endless confidence.

Unfortunately, Toney does not have the best career numbers against Boston, albeit he has only played six games against them.

In those six games, Toney Douglas averaged 22:53 minutes per game, shooting 34 percent from the field and 25 percent from three.

If Toney Douglas is able to contribute 15-20 points a game, the Knicks will have a huge opportunity to win. If he can score 15-20 and shoot above 45 percent, I expect the Knicks to win.

When Douglas loses confidence, things can get ugly; this is why it is important for him to start the game on a high note and continue to shoot a high percentage throughout.

In my eyes, Toney Douglas has control of this series. Not 'Melo, not Stat, not Billups. The ability is there; now we just need to see if he will be able to deal with the pressure and be a leading scorer on this team.