MIAMI — The New York Knicks just couldn’t let a day go by without making headlines.
In the wake of a fairly drama-less loss to the Heat in Game 2 of the first round, Amar’e Stoudemire suffered a laceration on his left hand in the Knicks’ locker room. As was first reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears, Stoudemire suffered the cut punching the glass enclosure to a fire extinguisher.
Paramedics were called to the locker room, which was kept closed from the media for an extended time. By the time it was opened, only Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony were left to talk.
Anthony pled ignorance, saying he was still on the floor when the incident happened and had yet to see Stoudemire. Chandler was a little more forthcoming.
“It’s tough,” he said. “Your emotions run high. Split second decision can obviously alter things, and you can’t fault anybody. Amar’e is a person that has high emotions at times, so one quick decision-making mistake and now you’ve got to deal with the repercussions.”
“I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start”
“We all have done thing out of anger that we regret. That makes us human. Bad timing on my part. Sorry guys. This to shall pass.”
Stoudemire was seen leaving AmericanAirlines Arena with a bandage on his hand and his left arm in a sling. He reportedly lost a lot of blood, some of which was seen on the carpet in the locker room. He is traveling back to New York with the team and did not have X-rays taken, according to a team spokesman.
His prognosis for Game 3 (Thursday, 7 p.m. ET, TNT) and the rest of this series is unknown. The Knicks are already without Jeremy Lin, still recovering from knee surgery, and Iman Shumpert, who tore his ACL in Game 1. They’re just getting Chandler back to health, and Baron Davis has been dealing with back pain and stiffness.
This injury, of course, was self-inflicted. And amazingly, it’s the second straight year in which Stoudemire suffered a self-inflicted injury before or after Game 2 of the first round. Last year in Boston, he injured his back doing a dunk in warmups.
“It seems like there’s always something happening,” Anthony said about the drama surrounding his team. “But at this point, it is what it is. We’ve got to move forward.”
The Knicks went 14-5 without Stoudemire in the regular season.
Update: Amar’e took to Twitter a few hours after the game: