Last night, after the Knicks’ 10-point loss to the Miami Heat, Amare Stoudemire punched the metal and glass encasing of a fire extinguisher on his way to the locker room. At the time, the severity of the injury was unknown. The only news to surface was that a large amount of blood stained the carpet in the locker room and JR Smith said that Stoudemire got stitches. As Stoudemire slipped through the security exit, cameras caught his left-hand wrapped up and in a sling.
Today, after returning back to New York City, Stoudemire visited a hand specialist to get an opinion on his hand. The doctor found no damage to his tendons or ligaments – which would have caused some long-term damage, but first reported by Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld, and just confirmed by the Knicks, Amare Stoudemire received minor surgery, in order to repair a small muscle tear. Right now, Stoudemire has already been ruled out of game three and is doubtful for game four. Should the Knicks win one of their next two games, the team will re-evaluate Stoudemire prior to game five.