Following the New York Knicks' 104-94 loss in Game 2 against the Miami Heat on Monday, Amar'e Stoudemire reportedly suffered a left-hand laceration after punching something in the locker room, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Isola tweeted after the game:
Knicks confirm that Amar'e suffered a left hand laceration. Team will not reveal details or open locker room. Complete chaos— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 1, 2012
UPDATE: Sunday, May 6, 2:30 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
While there were serious concerns that forward Amar’e Stoudemire would miss the remainder of the New York Knicks 2012 playoff run after cutting his hand, the star will start on Sunday.
New York Post Knicks’ beat writer Marc Berman is reporting on Twitter:
Stoudemire will start. If cut opens, it will be treated.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 6, 2012
The Knicks are down 3-0 in their first-round series to the Miami Heat, but they will try to strafe off elimination with the help of Amar’e. While the addition will make the team better than before, the injury to Stoudemire’s hand will not allow him to be a difference.
New York will be swept.
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UPDATE: Saturday, May 5 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Mike Chiari
Despite the gruesome hand injury that New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire suffered due to punching the glass encasement surrounding a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 loss against the Miami Heat, there appears to be a chance that he could play on Sunday afternoon.
According to Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday, Stoudemire will be a game-time decision. Also, even if he does play, head coach Mike Woodson is unsure whether he would start as one would think that the injury would really hinder his ability to handle the ball.
With Knicks' backs are against the wall as they trail the series 3-0 and are on the brink of elimination, but if Stoudemire can't play effectively, then he shouldn't suit up. With or without Stoudemire, the Knicks simply don't measure up to the Heat. Punching that glass was a dumb move by S.T.A.T., but it ultimately won't make a difference in the series.
Update: Friday, May 4 at 3:31 p.m. ET
Late on Friday afternoon, Amar'e Stoudamire tweeted a rather gross photo of the hand he lacerated punching a fire extinguisher after the Knicks' Game 2 loss to the Heat this week.
Stoudamire also added an extra tidbit that illustrates just how lucky he was that he didn't do more damage to his hand—potentially permanent damage:
A millimeter away from my nerve. Thanks to the Most High I'm still able to heal an recover.lockerz.com/s/206434640— Amar'e Stoudemire (@Amareisreal) May 4, 2012
It's unlikely he'll be punching glass again anytime soon.
Update: Friday, May 4 at 12:40 p.m. ET
Despite earlier reports that the Knicks didn't expect Stoudemire to be ready for Game 4, head coach Mike Woodson is whistling a different tune, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Mike Woodson believes that Amar'e Stoudemire will play in Game 4— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 4, 2012
Considering that the Knicks are clinging to life in their series with the Miami Heat, they need all hands on deck, no pun intended.
Stoudemire brings a dimension to the Knicks, particularly on offense, that was sorely lacking in Game 3 on Thursday night.
Even at less than 100 percent, Stoudemire is going to command a lot of attention and will make the Knicks more dynamic just by being on the court. They need him to play as much as he possibly can.
Update: Friday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels
Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports the Knicks don't expect Stoudemire to suit up for Game 4 despite the talented forward's earlier prediction that he would be available. Head coach Mike Woodson wasn't nearly as confident about his chances.
Mike Woodson isn't expecting Amar'e Stoudemire to return for Game 4. Stoudemire, who had surgery to repair a small muscle in his left hand from hitting a glass-enclosed fire extinguisher after Game 2, said "there's a great chance," but the Knicks still call Stoudemire doubtful. "That's going to be a doctor's decision," Woodson said.
The Knicks already trail the series 3-0 and haven't posed any type of threat to the Heat. The chances of a sweep increase significantly if Stoudemire can't play, leaving him an entire offseason to heal his hand. Knicks fans will be left to wonder what would have happened if the whole roster was healthy.
Update: Wednesday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Iannazzone reports that Amar'e Stoudemire believes he will play on Sunday against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden:
Stoudemire said he thinks there is 'a great chance' he plays Sunday.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) May 2, 2012
Stoudemire also said, via Iannazzone, that he didn't have a closed fist and his injury resulted from swinging his arm back and hitting the wall and fire extinguisher.
Update: Wednesday, May 2 at 9:10 a.m. ET
The worst has all but been confirmed for Amar'e and the Knicks as Marc Berman of the New York Post reports:
Amar'e was already ruled out of Game 3 and listed as doubtful for Game 4.
Things in New York as bad as ever and now the only chance the Knicks have of even making this a series with the Miami Heat hinges on Carmelo Anthony playing other-worldly basketball.
Gruesome details of Amar'e's hand injury were reported Tuesday night and it is no wonder he's expected to miss the rest of the series.
Update: Tuesday, May 1 at 7:43 p.m. ET
Frank Isola, of the New York Daily News, reports that Amar'e won't be playing in Game 3, and most likely Game 4. Apparently, the cut resulted in some muscle damage.
Amar'e out for Game 3 and doubtful for Game 4. A hand specialist repaired a small muscle in his left hand, Knicks announce— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 1, 2012
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 1, 2:23 p.m. ET
Good news, at least for Stoudemire's hand. It doesn't look like he will return anytime soon, but at least the injury is not as extensive as feared, as reported once again by Isola.
Good news for Amar'e: no ligament or tendon damage in his left hand, according to Knicks source. Out for Game 3 and likely series— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 1, 2012
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 1, 1:23 p.m. ET
It seems that things are officially worse for game 3, and may be grim for the future beyond that. Al Iannazzone reports the latest on Amar'e Stoudemire's hand.
Amare is seeing a hand specialist right now. He won't play in Game 3 and a return this series is doubtful.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) May 1, 2012
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 1, 10:40 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
There was already talk that Stoudemire would miss Game 3 of the New York Knicks' first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, but the reports now all but confirm that he will sit out at least one game with a self-inflicted hand wound.
Amar'e Stoudemire will see a hand specialist to determine if there is ligament or tendon damage. He is not expected to play in Game 3— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 1, 2012
While the Knicks had a shot to comeback from a 2-0 series deficit with Amar’e in the lineup, his absence will make this a quick exit for the team. I had the Heat winning in six, but Stoudemire’s anger issues will get New York swept.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 1, 9:10 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
The New York Knicks road back from a 2-0 series deficit against the Miami Heat may be tougher than expected as power forward Amar’e Stoudemire may miss Game 3 at the very least with a self-inflicted hand injury.
ESPN New York is reporting about more details surrounding Stoudemire’s injury and the possibility that he could miss Game 3:
A frustrated Amar’e Stoudemire punched glass casing surrounding a fire extinguisher minutes after the New York Knicks' loss to the Miami Heat, according to a team source. The Knicks power forward suffered lacerations on his left hand which required stitches. A league source told ESPNNewYork.com that Stoudemire is "almost certain" to miss Game 3 on Thursday in New York and there is a possibility that Stoudemire could miss the rest of the series.
Stoudemire’s frustrations were evident all night, as were his teammates’, but that’s what a great team like Miami can do. As much as losing the star Knick will hurt the team, they were going to lose this series anyway. This just gives them a better excuse than getting out hustled.
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Update: Monday, April 30 at 11:20 p.m. ET
Information is slowly leaking out about the extent of Stoudemire's needless injury.
Marc J. Spears, of Yahoo! Sports, tweeted some updates:
"He has a laceration. He's probably going to be out. I don't know how bad it is. Amare is a huge piece to this team," Tyson Chandler said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 1, 2012
He also passed along this tidbit:
Knicks guard JR Smith said he believes Amare received stitches on the injured hand.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 1, 2012
There are conflicting reports as to what Stoudemire punched. Isola said it may have been a wall. Robert Flores of ESPN reported Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher.
Isola also tweeted that Stoudemire's hand was heavily taped and that his arm was in a sling, saying he didn't think Stoudemire "would play again."
Stoudemire had 18 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one block, as the Knicks fell to 0-2 in the series.
The Knicks were considered to have a shot to at least make the series tough for the Heat, given they entered the postseason on a red-hot streak. Both Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony appeared to be playing relatively well together.
Will the Knicks bounce back and win the series?
It's been an up-and-down season for the Knicks, to say the least. They finished 36-30 in the regular season—not exactly what they had expected when they combined the forces of Anthony and Stoudemire. Stoudemire and Anthony have had their fair share of struggles—both on and off the court—throughout the season.
It seems fitting that Stoudemire and Anthony would have good games, only to lose, capping it off with Stoudemire's postgame injury. It's been that kind of season for the New York Knicks.
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