Amar’e Stoudemire has hand surgery, will miss Game 3


(Andrew Innerarity / Reuters)

Although the New York Knicks said the forward had no ligament or tendon damage, doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery “repaired a small muscle,” the team said in a statement. Stoudemire will not play in Game 3 of the Knicks’ playoff series against the Miami Heat on Thursday night and is doubtful for Game 4 on Sunday. Both games in the series, in which the Knicks are winless, are in New York.

ESPN reports that there was initial chaos and shock in the locker room after Stoudemire cut himself and paramedics were summoned to stitch up his left, non-shooting hand. ESPN’s Chris Broussard quoted a source who said, “He didn't haul off and punch the glass; he hit it out of frustration. He kind of slapped it, but with a closed fist. He said he thought it was plastic instead of glass.

“Half of his hand was just hanging off. It was really bad. Blood was just squirting out. That's why they had the paramedics come in, because they thought he might have punctured an artery because of how much blood was coming out.”

It was a terribly bad idea to smack the door, but just how bad was it? Where does it rank among brain cramps by New York sports figures? It’s tough not to go with George Steinbrenner’s body of work, but ESPN New York offers other choices, too: A.J. Burnett, Plaxico Burress, Rex Ryan, the 1997 Knicks, Kevin Brown, Joe Pisarcik, Fred Merkle and, of course, Alex Rodriguez.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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