Stoudemire to miss Game 3 after surgery

Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire leaves Miami's American Airlines Arena with his hand in a...

Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire leaves Miami's American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their playoff series on Monday, April 30, 2012. (Andrew Innerarity/Reuters)

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NEW YORK - A day after punching the glass case of a fire extinguisher in a fit of anger, New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire had a small muscle in his left hand repaired by a surgeon Tuesday.

Stoudemire will miss Game 3 of New York's series against the Miami Heat and is doubtful for Game 4, the team said in a statement.

Though the Knicks said he would be re-evaluated after that, the New York Post reported that Stoudemire isn't expected back for the entire series.

Stoudemire was treated for a laceration to his hand after Monday's 104-94 loss to the Heat, which sunk the Knicks into a 2-0 hole in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

He left American Airlines Arena with his hand bandaged and his arm in a sling, then apologized to fans and teammates via Twitter, saying he was "not proud of my actions" and that "we have all done [things] out of anger that we regret."

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks went 14-5 without Stoudemire in the lineup during the regular season. He missed most of the final month because of a bulging disc in his lower back.


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