The Golden State Warriors have gotten away with subpar bench play so far this season, but now their depth will be tested.
Backup point guard Toney Douglas is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks with a stress reaction in his left tibia, the team announced on Tuesday.
Douglas is averaging 16.0 minutes per game this season in relief of Stephen Curry, and has a stat line of 6.4 points and 1.6 assists per game, while shooting 44.0% from 3-point range. He has shown to be capable of filling in for Curry, erupting for 21 points on Nov. 8 in a game against the Spurs when Curry was out with an injury.
Douglas is in his fifth year in the league, spending his first three seasons with the Knicks and last year with the Rockets and Kings. He averaged 7.5 points and 2.1 assists in 71 games in 2012-2013.
The most logical option for the Warriors would be to have the versatile Andre Iguodala play some minutes at point guard to give Curry an occasional break. Iguodala is comfortable with running the offense and handling the ball.
They could also give more playing time to youngsters Kent Bazemore and Nemanja Nedovic, but neither player has particularly impressed thus far.
When asked about Douglas’ injury on Tuesday, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson told Drew Morita of SFBay.ca that it provided a “great opportunity for others to capitalize.”
We’ll see if the bench can step it up with one of their key components missing.