Apr 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire (1) during the first half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Miami Heat of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Amar'e Stoudemire's Status For Game 4 Unknown Due To Lacerated Hand

Frustrated after a Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat, Amar'e Stoudemire suffered a left hand laceration after punching a fire extinguisher in the Knicks' locker room, according to a report.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Knicks Forward Says 'Great Chance' He'll Play In Game 4 Vs. Heat Sunday

Amar'e Stoudemire made national headlines on Monday night when he punched a fire extinguisher housing immediately after leaving the court following the New York Knicks' Game 2 loss against the Miami Heat in the opening round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

Stoudemire required immediate medical attention for a laceration on his hand and the injury was serious enough to warrant surgery on Tuesday. All indications were that Stoudemire would be out for the remainder of the series. Stoudemire, however, is remaining optimistic.

Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday reported on Wednesday that Stoudemire thinks there is a "great chance" that he will be able to play in Game 4 on Sunday, which will be at Madison Square Garden.

Stoudemire was already playing through a back injury in the playoff series, so it wouldn't be too surprising if he intends to push through and return for what may very well be the final game in the series. Either way, he will definitely be out of action for Game 3.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Knicks Forward Not Expected To Play In Game 3 After Punching Fire Extinguisher

New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is, unsurprisingly, not expected to play in Game 3 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. This news comes after Stoudemire lacerated his hand punching a fire extinguisher in frustration following the team's Game 2 loss on Monday,

Stoudemire's status for the rest of the series remains up in the air. Isola reports that Stoudemire will see a specialist on Tuesday to determine if there is any ligament damage. Meanwhile, an ESPN New York report suggests there is a "possibility" Stoudemire will not play the rest of the series.

The Knicks trail 2-0 after Monday's 104-94 loss in Game 2. Game 3 is currently scheduled for Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are looking to snap a 12-game playoff losing streak that dates all the way back to 2001.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Apologizes To Fans, Knicks For Injury

Amar'e Stoudemire left AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami with his hand bandaged and his arm in a sling on Monday night, the result of losing a fight with the glass enclosure of a fire extinguisher soon after after the Knicks dropped to 0-2 in their first-round series against the Heat. His status for Game 3 on Thursday is still undecided, but it's quite possible that he's already played his last game of the season.

Stoudemire didn't speak with reporters before leaving on Monday, but he took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to apologize:

The Knicks previously lost rookie point guard Iman Shumpert to a torn ACL in Game 1, as Tyson Chandler lamented to reporters after Game 2. From the New York Post:

"We just know that he has a laceration and he’s probably going to be out," Chandler said. "I don’t know how bad it is. Amar’e is a huge piece to this team. Without him, it’ll make it more difficult. We already lost one player in the starting lineup [in Shumpert]. That’s two players out of the starting lineup. It makes it tougher.

"Your emotions run high. In a split second, a decision can alter things. You can’t fault anybody. We’ve got to deal with the repercussions."

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Knicks' Forward Cuts Hand Punching Fire Extinguisher In Locker Room, According To Reports

Things have apparently gone from bad to worse for the New York Knicks. There was apparently a lot of commotion in the locker room following the team's 104-94 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, and the reason is because Amar'e Stoudemire reportedly hurt his hand punching a fire extinguisher in frustration. Via Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

The Knicks are saying that Stoudemire has a "laceration" on his left hand, and paramedics were called to the scene.

Stoudemire has struggled mightily since returning from a back injury, scoring just nine points in Game 2 and struggling on defense.

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