Stoudemire to miss Game 3 after surgery
By Sports Network
|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)
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.