Tonight’s recap will be up shortly, but in the meantime there’s some breaking news coming out of the Knicks’ locker room.
After the game two loss, Amare Stoudemire punched the glass encasing of a fire extinguisher in the locker room. Paramedics rushed onto the scene to treat Stoudemire and according to JR Smith, Stoudemire received stitches in his left hand. Of course, Stoudemire did not meet with the media and the Knicks are yet to release information on the subject. But when in the locker room, several media members commented on the blood stains on the locker room’s carpet. The Knicks have admitted that Stoudemire suffered a laceration on his left hand, but nothing more. The consensus from Knicks player is that Amare will not play game three, and possibly the rest of the series. Tyson Chandler said that Amare is “out”, but when pressed with length of his recover, he had no comment.
As Stoudemire was leaving the arena, images of his hand heavily bandaged and in a sling surfaced. He’s currently on the team bus en route to the team plane to fly back to New York. He has yet to receive a X-Ray. At this time, it seems as if Stoudemire’s participation in the rest of the series is very unlikely.
Amare Stoudemire will likely be faced with a very large fine by the team. As more information surfaces, I’ll keep you guys updated.
UPDATE: Today, after Amare Stoudemire met with a hand specialist, it was determined that he has not suffered any tendon or ligament damage from his punch. The Knicks still do not expect him to play in this series, but should the Knicks come back from the 0-2 whole, it’s undetermined if he’ll be ready for round two.