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Report: No serious damage to Stoudemire’s hand, he’s still out

May 1, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

The good news — Amare Stoudemire did not do any serious damage to his hand fron punching a fire extinguisher, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

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

For Knicks fans angry and ready to ship Stoudemire out of town, this is still good news. You are going to have a hard enough time trying to move a max deal where you couldn’t get insurance because of his injury history, you don’t need torn hand ligaments on top of it all.

The Knicks head home for Game 3 down 0-2 to the Heat and really they need to win both games at the Garden to have a shot in this series. Some Knicks fans are trying to sell that the Knicks are better without Stoudemire on the floor — and the numbers say they are, especially when Woodson has tried to play Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony together. But there are a whole lot of variables in that equation that are not the same. And the biggest may be the Heat defense.

  1. jthammerstix - May 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM


  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Heat are better off with him in.

  3. lakerluver - May 1, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    No serious damage to his hand but serious damage to his brain.

  4. rexismybff - May 1, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Tyson Chandler needs a lot of room under the basket to create havoc, and Carmelo needs space in the post to create his shots.

    If the Knicks were going to sign Chandler in the off-season, what would they want Stoudemire for anyway? He’s just clogging up the middle, and taking Melo and Chandler out of their game. He doesn’t shoot well enough facing the basket from the free-throw line to the 3-point line, like Dirk Nowitzki, to compliment their offensive games. And he doesn’t really play good enough in-front-of-the-basket defense to compliment Chandler properly on the other end of the floor.

    Knicks will be much better off without Stoudemire in the lineup. Don’t be surprised to see them win the next game or two – with Chandler and their 3-point shooters like Novak and Melo, they are a perfectly built team to destroy Miami from the inside-out.

    • southbeachtalent - May 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Wake up it’s time for school.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        How about YOU pull your frontrunning head out of your ass and realize that what the OP said is true. The Knicks, for the life of me, know this and refuse to break away from the isolation play. The Heat are not equipped to defend a spaced court any more than the Knicks are against the Heat when the Knicks double James and Wade. Those are facts. The fact that the Knicks didn’t do any of this last night and only lost by 10 should go to show how much of a difference that game plan will be — plus being at home and no made-up calls to benefit Miami.

        I swear you July 8 types make my stomach bubble.

  5. southbeachtalent - May 1, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Get well soon douchebag.

    We need you in there.

    Next time coach says attack the glass he means the rim you big dummy.

  6. scooper15928 - May 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I guess Amar’e misunderstood when coach Woodson told him to “Attack the glass”.

  7. kingbeason52 - May 1, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    ESPN continues to show random footage of fire extinguisher’s, ive seen atleast 4 different ones today

    • adk77 - May 1, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      We need something better than ESPN.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    We’ll play better Thursday and win. But if he comes back Sunday with Lin, we’ll get our doors blown off.

    • redstar504 - May 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      This whole conversation should tell everyone, everything they need to know. Normal teams get better as they add tallent. For whatever reason NYN’s seem to get better by subtracting tallent. This tells me 2 things:

      1.) Mellow is a horrid teammate to have
      2.) Whoever built this team needs to be out of basketball

      You shouldn’t be in a situation where you gain Lin (an overated albeit decent point guard) and Amare’ (one of the best bigs in the game) back and become worse off. The problem is
      Mello. You either dump everyone and build your team to cater to the me centric stuff he runs or you dump him. I would have went with dumping mello but you guys dumped the coach that could have made you guys Suns East with Lin and Amare’ (probably would have had to upgrade the point at some point Lin is decent not elite). Since you made the wrong moves coaching wise the best thing is to stay the course keep Mello and dump Amare’ and Lin. Hold onto shooters like JR Smith and Novak, keep Chandler for the inside lob basicaly try to become Denver East now.

      I would have rathered Suns East but what do I know?

      • bknowledge - May 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

        I like this post except I don’t think Melo is horrid teammate. He is great on offence if he plays power forward. But he can’t really play power forward on defense. He needs to play with a stretch 4 or stretch 5- like Sam Perkins or Bill Laimbeer- shoot 5 threes a game, grab 10 defensive boards, guard low post. Gary Payton liked to play low post- he needed Sam Perkins shooting 3’s to space the floor. Isiah Thomas’ Pistons played wide open lane because Laimbeer shot the 3. Is Tyson/Harrellson as good as Laimbeer/Rodman potentially?
        I like your post and early in season I was hoping Knicks would trade Melo for Derrick Favors or Steve Nash and Gortat. I was thinking/hoping for 48 minutes of D’Antoni offence with great defensive center play. Maybe next year we can have a non-Melo bench team of:
        and we can see some of that pick/roll motion offence.
        I think a starting team of:
        with 2nd team of:
        and 2nd bench team of:
        would give Knicks a good team for 48 minutes.
        I don’t know what Knicks can get for Amare but they need a real back-up center.
        And someone in their organization that understands talent combinations.
        I don’t think Amare is done. I think he has a lot of career left if he finds a coach that runs a pick/roll offence.

  9. cantonbound13 - May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Knick fans still love you Amare. Dumb move in frustration, get better & let’s come together as a team!

  10. jonka - May 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    No Shump, no chance…

  11. rexismybff - May 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Ya’ll don’t get it – the problem isn’t Stoudemire vs Carmelo. The problem is that both Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler are trying to do different things in the same space on the court, both on offense and defense. And Chandler is better at what he does in those spots on offense and defense than Stoudemire is.

    If the Knicks were committed to Stoudemire, then it made no sense to go get Chandler in the off-season.

    Chandler + Carmelo + a bunch of 3-point shooters – that’s a pretty good mix for a really good team.

    • bknowledge - May 1, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Tyson + Melo + 3 point shooters will not be good enough against big teams/won’t rebound enough unless we have a stretch 4/5 in the mold of Bill Laimbeer/Sam Perkins. Does Harrellson have that skill set?

  12. adk77 - May 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Well, Carmelo pouted when Lin came in. Carmelo ran off the coach. He wants the team to be his, so now is the time for him to take over.

    But, it ain’t going to happen.

  13. gmen4trophies - May 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    This has nothing to do with basketball–peal off jim dolan’s exterior and linda blair aka the exorcist doll will pop out. Since he took over aprrox 2000 we’ve been possessed and this past week is more evidence of the curse. The embarassments will keep on coming until this (short) series is over–we ain’t da heat, and this ain’t the ’80s or ’90s. I feel bad for Woodson, he’s a good coach and the likely fall guy for our most recent group of patsies.

  14. 35longmiles - May 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM


  15. lakerluver - May 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    If they took X-rays of his dome they would see a little birdie flying around in there.

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