Warriors' Toney Douglas to miss at least two weeks with stress reaction in tibia
For a fortnight at the least, the Warriors will be without their nominal backup point guard. Golden State reserve Toney Douglas -- who has apparently been playing through pain for some time -- is set to miss two weeks of game action after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left tibia on Tuesday, per a report from CSN Bay Area (via PBT). Once that two-week term passes, Douglas' injury will be reevaluated to gauge how the reaction responds to a bit of rest, with the Warriors equipped to sustain a longer absence if need be.
With Douglas sidelined for Tuesday night's game against the Pistons, Warriors coach Mark Jackson defaulted to Andre Iguodala as a first-option playmaker when Stephen Curry sat. This isn't anything unusual for Iguodala; the multi-talented forward is accustomed to running offense even though he's rarely been classified as a point guard, as he both handles the ball and sets up his teammates plenty while more typically filling in minutes on the wing. Even with Douglas on the floor this season, it's been Iguodala who does the bulk of the work initiating and controlling the Warriors' offense. On Tuesday, a slightly more concerted ball-handling role (and the Pistons' generally foul defense) helped Iguodala rack up 11 assists in 32 minutes, including this beautiful behind-the-back feed to David Lee:
And this other, equally beautiful behind-the-back feed to Lee:Kent Bazemore