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Report: Amare Stoudemire “almost certain” to miss Game 3

May 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

Let that be a lesson to our young readers — do not punch metal and glass objects.

Actually, you probably didn’t need that reminder.

Amare Stoudemire did. He slammed his fist into a metal and glass fire extinguisher case out of frustration as he walked down the hall to the locker room after the Knicks Game 2 loss to the Heat. He ended up needing stitches to stop the bleeding on his hand and now likely will miss Game 3 Thursday. Here is what ESPNNewYork.com wrote:

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 is going to see a hand specialist to determine the extent of the problem, to see if tendons or ligaments were damaged, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

If you don’t trust anonymous sources, here is what Tyson Chandler said after the game, via Newsday.

“We just know right now that he has a laceration and he’s probably going to be out,” Tyson Chandler said. “It’s tough, obviously. Amar’e is a huge part of this team. Without him, it’s going to make it more difficult. We already lost one player [Iman Shumpert]. That’s two players out of the starting lineup. It makes it tougher.”

Stoudemire has apologized for his actions on twitter. I’m sure the New York Post took that into consideration when they wrote the headline “Bloody Idiot” for the paper’s Tuesday edition.

On the court, no Stoudemire is one less option the Heat have to spread their defense out to cover. They can focus more on making life difficult for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks margin for error to beat the Heat was already small, it just got minuscule. While the team may be used to playing without him, they are not better when he can’t play.

  1. acdc363 - May 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    They had a funny song on ESPN radio this morning:

    (To the tune of thats amorè)

    When your fist hits the glass and you look like an ass that’s amareee

  2. glink123 - May 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Can the team void the remainder of his contract over this? Sure seems like conduct detrimental to the team. He’s pathetic, both on and off the floor.

  3. thebigkahuna23 - May 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    All I have to say is, what a donkey.

  4. trueballs - May 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Too bad they used their amnesty on Chauncey. I think the Knicks best option is to trade Amare for the sake of freeing up cap space. They’re not going to get much, so they should aim for one or two decent big men. They need more than Jared Jeffries in the power rotation. Melo is a superstar talent with many years left…they should do what it takes to make him most effective.

    • starks3 - May 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      I agree, I was hoping we’d move him before the trade deadline this year. I was all for packaging him and Landry F., but with injury to Iman, we probably have to keep Landry now. We need to open up cap room, I think keeping JR should be the top priority.

      • trueballs - May 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        I do like the dynamic between J.R. and Melo. They’re both similar in that their talent overshadows their production. They can both carry teams in 4th quarters with big shots. That’s why they need to trade Amare for depth! It’s hard to part ways with Amare because of his potential star power, but it’s hard to be optimistic about his future. Even someone like David West could be effective for the Knicks.

        This closing lineup isn’t too shabby:
        1. Lin
        2. J.R.
        3. Melo
        4. David West
        5. Chandler

      • bknowledge - May 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Why not:
        Tyson
        Harrellson
        Melo
        JR
        Lin

  5. jeffw - May 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    He doesn’t give a sh1t. He’ll keep cashing checks and get on to the off season a little early. Guys like him will never win because winning takes integrity. He and too many others only care about stats, tats & cash. Go away loser…

    • david8726 - May 1, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      This post doesn’t make sense.

      The man smashed his hand into a glass and metal fire extinguisher case out of pure frustration and anger over the poor performance of himself and his team.

      How can you then come here and say that he doesn’t give a sh1t? His mangled, bloody hand is strong evidence that he does care….. Perhaps he cared a little too much in that instance, actually.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Knicks fan says Amare’s injury was the Ref’s fault. Nike says it was Addidas’ fault. Everyone else says it was LeBron’s fault.

  7. florida727 - May 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    When you’re in the NBA playoffs, you watch highlights of your game late night on ESPN on cable. When you watch highlights of your game late night on ESPN on cable, they report the post-game events. When they report the post-game events, you learn that you tried to punch a fire extinguisher in anger. When you learn that you tried to punch a fire extinguisher in anger, you also learn you stupidly hurt yourself and will be unavailable for Game 3. Don’t learn that you stupidly hurt yourself and will be unavailable for Game 3. Get rid of cable. And upgrade to Direct TV.

    • livingsacrifice86 - May 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      haha. Awesome

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Seriously though, isn’t tampering with a fire extinguisher a crime? Shouldn’t he have to at least pay a fine? If you or I did what Amare did, you can be sure we’d be getting a bill from the State of Florida for about $1,500, at least.

    And what about Mickey Arison. Now he has to dip into his own pocket to fix the case so that he doesn’t get fined.

    What an A-Hole. Tell you what genius, let Mickey go to your house and start breaking some of your stuff. See how you like it.

    And you wonder why Riley wanted Bosh more than he wanted you. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  9. thecincinnatikidd - May 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Nice 1 florida727, that type of UNNESSARY punishment to ur body should effect contract, that kind of action effects the entire circle of the NBA, including the fans who pay money to c him on the team and perform. To mention the stress other players body will take in his absence.CBG<—CB radio handle.

  10. uhemi - May 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Smart real smart !!!!!!

  11. drewzducks - May 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    What a jack wagon. Must have been his tribute to former NY Yankee great Kevin Brown.

  12. drewzducks - May 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    http://www.xinjo.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/incase-of-fire.jpg

  13. Chris Ross - May 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    It’s going to be really interesting to see how the Knicks respond to this. Without Shumpert and a healthy Davis they didn’t really have a hope in hell anyways but I their response could very well be the thing that determines whether Mike Woodson stays on as head coach next year for the Knicks or not. The Heat are too good for them but can they take a game or even two from them without Stoudemire. I guess only time will tell.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/a-blessing-in-disguise/

  14. truthhurtstoo - May 1, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Idiot… that is all. Heat Sweep

  15. mungman69 - May 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Yes, he should not be paid his playoff share.

  16. teamobijuan - May 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Snitches get stitches.

  17. heat256 - May 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    What’s sad is that the Knicks are better in scoring and defense with Amare OFF the floor. Congrats NY. You are giving $100 million to an injury prone player who apparently only improves the team when he isn’t playing. Did the Knicks do something years ago to piss off the basketball gods?

  18. bknowledge - May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I have been saying this all season- Carmelo and Amare hinder each other. They need the same spots on offense- too much/too often.
    Carmelo needs to play power forward on offense. Carmelo cannot effectively play power forward on defense- not against bigger teams. Therefore:
    Carmelo needs to play with a stretch 4 or a stretch 5- in the mold of Sam Perkins or Bill Laimbeer.
    Harrelson has the skills set to be like Laimbeer or Perkins (10 rebounds, 12 points per game…2-5 from 3 point range and 3 put back lay-ups with the second team).
    Tyson
    Harrelson
    Melo
    Shumpert
    Lin

    with bench: Novak, Jeffries, JR, Baron, Landry…and whatever we can get in trade for Amare (back-up center please (Kaman plus player/pick; Biedrinis plus player/pick…I don’t know)…
    That team is in the top 4 in the eastern conference going forward…

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      I’m wit it. Golden State is desperate for star power, and maybe getting Biedrins out of there will wake him from this 3-4 year Rip Van Winkle act he’s been on.

  19. skolvikesskol - May 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    DELTA BRAVO!!!

  20. Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    GOOD. Now we have a chance to win.

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