Woody on Toney: 'I hope he's ready'

Toney Douglas will likely play for the first time this series on Wednesday night in Game 5.

Mike Woodson, the coach who will be putting him in the game, hopes he's ready.

"Tonight he's going to have to play some. I just hope he's ready that when he gets out there he can give us some positive minutes," Woodson said before tipoff of Game 5.

Douglas did not play in the first four games of the series. He has played sparingly since Jeremy Lin took over as the team's starting point guard in early February.

"He will play tonight, how long will he play I don't know," Woodson said. "If he's playing great and things are going well, he'll play

"We're shorthanded and he's a big part of our team."

WOODY NEEDS ANOTHER GAME 4 FROM AMARE: Woodson wasn't aware that Amare Stoudemire's lacerated left hand was sore on Wednesday morning.

It didn't change the coach's expectations for Stoudemire.

"If he tells me he's ready to go and he's willing to sacrifice what has happened with his hand, I'm going to push him to play," Woodson said. "I need another game like he had in Game 4 where he came out ready to play right from the beginning and it was a nice carryover all the way through the ball game. I just hope he doesn't get hit on it and it opens up or anything like that."