The Knicks, who have already been forced to deal with a lethargic Tyson Chandler due to a bout with the flu, may be without Amare Stoudemire when their first-round series with Miami shifts back to The Big Apple. After losing another game handily and falling back 0-2, an apparently-infuriated Stoudemire took a swing at the glass casing around a fire extinguisher on his way through the tunnel. I think it’s safe to say he probably regrets doing so as he had to receive an unspecified amount of stitches in his hand. Pictured above is STAT leaving American Airlines Arena with his arm in a sling. Via Yahoo! Sports…
MIAMI – Amar’e Stoudemire cut his left hand while punching a fire extinguisher casing in the locker room after the New York Knicks’ loss to the Miami Heat Monday night, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Paramedics and the Knicks’ and Heat’s team doctors were immediately called to the locker room. Blood was visible on the carpet when the locker-room doors opened for reporters. Stoudemire received stitches and eventually left the arena with his left hand bandaged and his arm in a sling.
The Knicks said Stoudemire’s status for Thursday’s Game 3 is unknown.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson and general manager Glen Grunwald confirmed Stoudemire cut his hand, but didn’t say how. Sources told Y! Sports the injury happened when Stoudemire punched the extinguisher case in frustration.
“Man, I don’t know what happened,” Carmelo Anthony said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”
According to TNT’s David Aldridge, Doctor Tyson Chandler says he expects Amare Stoudemire “to be out.” For how long, Aldridge said, Chandler didn’t specify. Charles Barkley is now calling Amare stupid and suggesting that he should’ve punched a wall or a blackboard instead. I don’t think they’ve still got blackboards in NBA locker rooms, but point taken, Chuck.
Individually, Amare didn’t play particularly poorly in the game that led up to the punch. He essentially dueled Chris Bosh to a deadlock, recording 18 and 7 to Bosh’s 21 and 4. Both players shot well from the floor.
I figure he’s simply mad ’cause the Floridians are styling on him in his home state, but that’s merely an assumption/excuse to use my favorite phrase.
Photo credit to @Jose3030.