SMH. This guy’s cornrows must be too tight or something.
Amar’e Stoudemire may have literally punched the Miami Heat’s ticket to the second round after the Knicks’ power forward, in a show of frustration and selfishness, suffered a lacerated left hand during a postgame tirade immediately following the Heat’s 104-94 Game 2 victory Monday night.
A Knicks official confirmed that Stoudemire had cut his non-shooting hand when he punched a small glass door that protects a fire extinguisher just outside the Knicks’ locker room. Stoudemire’s hand shattered the pane and he needed an undetermined number of stitches to close the wound.
Stoudemire later offered an apology via Twitter, apparently in a one-handed tweet:
He did not comment as he exited the arena with his girlfriend and one of his children.
Tyson Chandler said that Stoudemire was “out” for Game 3, and it is unlikely he will play for the rest of the series. Stoudemire’s hand was heavily bandaged and his arm was placed in a sling.
The Knicks will host the Heat in Game 3 Thursday at the Garden.
“It’s far from over,” Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks matched an NBA record with their 12th straight playoff loss. “We believe that and I believe that.”
Anthony, standing on the blood- stained carpet inside the Knicks’ locker room, pleaded ignorance when asked about the Stoudemire incident. It’s unclear if Stoudemire was upset over the Knicks being in a 0-2 hole to the Heat or the fact that he took nine shots in 41 minutes, making six, while Anthony took 26 shots in 45 minutes, making 12.
“I don’t know what happened, to be honest with you,” Anthony said. “I haven’t seen him.”
Mike Woodson, who had announced before the game that the team would practice on Tuesday, canceled the workout.
Anthony and Stoudemire lost their sixth straight playoff game with the Knicks and the notion that they cannot succeed together is gaining momentum. The Knicks have had a losing record with both players in the lineup since the day Anthony was acquired from Denver last season.
Coincidentally, the Knicks have been better with Anthony playing power forward, which is where he would now play assuming that Stoudemire is unavailable.
“Amar’e is a huge piece to this team,” Chandler said. “Without him, it’ll make it more difficult. We already lost one player in the starting lineup. That’s two players out of the starting lineup. It makes it tougher.”
Stoudemire finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, including 12 points in the second half. He took six shots over the final two quarters compared to eight for Anthony.
If Stoudemire is frustrated, that is understandable. He’s been injured for much of the season and recently returned from a back injury that the Knicks originally feared would cost him the season.
And yet, for him to lose control of his emotions at such a critical point of the season will not go over well with the fans or Garden chairman James Dolan, who has not seen the Knicks win a playoff game since April 29, 2001. The club’s 12-game postseason losing streak matches the NBA record set by the Memphis Grizzlies.
“Your emotions run high,” said Chandler, trying to sound diplomatic. “In a split second, a decision can alter things. You can’t fault anybody. We’ve got to deal with the repercussions.”
Sorry but we gotta use the Antoine Dodson voice for this one… “You Are So Dumb!”
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