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Stoudemire had minor surgery on hand; out Game 3, likely series

May 1, 2012, 8:31 PM 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

The good news out of Amare Stoudemire’s meeting with a hand specialist in New York was there was no ligament or nerve damage. It went much better than his meeting with a glass-encased fire extinguisher the night before.

But he did have minor surgery on his left hand, reports David Aldridge at

According to the team, Stoudemire was seen by a hand specialist this afternoon at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The surgeon repaired a small muscle. He will not play Game 3 on May 3 and is listed as doubtful for Game 4 on May 6.

Aldridge added his source said Stoudemire was done for the first round (which would be the playoffs unless the Knicks have some real magic at home). Other reports have said the same thing. Don’t expect to see him back.

It’s got to be hard for Stoudemire, who came to New York and was the face of a Knicks revival until Carmelo Anthony was brought in, then it all change. The coach and system that worked well for you was pushed aside because ‘Melo didn’t give his full effort for him. Now Carmelo gets 26 shots in a playoff game and you get 9. He’s got to be pissed.

Still, nobody wins when punching a fire extinguisher.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Good. We actually have a chance to win now.

  2. jimeejohnson - May 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    If you have not lost control and done something you wish you wouldn’t have, I’ve got news for you:
    you will. Once you have, you probably won’t do it again, unless you think a name change can make you into a different person.

  3. canehouse - May 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Now car-ME-lo can get 35 shots a game.

    • rexismybff - May 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      Worked last year when Dirk Nowistzki took 35 shots a game and Tyson Chandler was a beast under the basket. And Mavs were raining 3’s all over the place. Against WHO? Oh, yes – the Heat.

  4. pedagoguish - May 1, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    For generations football players were viewed as being the dumbest athletes. They have been surpassed by basketball players who climb into the stands to beat up fans, pull out guns in locker rooms, brag about being ganstas after college game fights, slam elbows into opponents’ ear holes, and slam their fists through plate glass. Basketball players are truly the dumbest athletes in the world.

    • skids003 - May 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      He should get his pay docked for that.

      • jbraxton3rd - May 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        This is the smartest comment yet!!

  5. mvpolamalu - May 1, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Maybe kendrys morales doesent feel THAT dumb anymore

  6. vader7176 - May 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Yes now its mello’s team. that worked out great in Denver with all those multiple NBA championships. And dont make Kobe and Jordan and Bird references. They may have scored a ton in various playoff games but until they got help-no ring. Oh yeah they did play defense too.

  7. canehouse - May 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Looking forward to Thursday night… MSG will be a great atmosphere for game 3. Of course I expect the HEAT to win… but the Knicks could win one game… but it would be a monumental performance to do so.

  8. bcjim - May 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Guess he misunderstood “hit the glass”

  9. koloofai - May 1, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Mavs need to worry about not getting swept by OKC

  10. deadeyedesign23 - May 2, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    “Stoudemire had minor surgery on hand; out Game 3, likely series”

    In other words he’s out for the rest of the Knick’s season.

  11. jordanaires - May 2, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Fire hydrant 1, Stoudemire 0

  12. jordanismyidol - May 2, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Amare is overrated. Knicks should trade him for cousins

  13. nokoolaidcowboy - May 2, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Dude, just play. The playgrounds of full of kids that get patched up and go back out there to play!
    Of course, they are not millionaire professionals what is the worse that could happen, you pop the stitches? Think of all the hype…lol

  14. charlutes - May 2, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    I love his tweet: “this too shall pass”…uh yeah, for the Heat who will be in the second round. I’m pretty sure a few people in new york might remember for a while. I’d try to void his contract, he’s way overrated anyways.

    • silencegooddoer - May 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Is it possible that the entire NBA is sick of hearing the hype about Heat and are all laying down to give them a hallpass this year??? There has never been a season when every superstar that could potentialy stop them is getting hurt, and in this case hurting themself!

      It almost seems like everyone in the straight line is secretly stepping backwards leaving the Heat standing front and center for the championship.

      Does LeBron relish his first championship in a playoff series with no Amare, Rose, Smith, Howard, and whomever else will get hurt?

  15. mrheavychevy - May 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Melo sucks

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