I'm sure by now everyone has already taken in, digested, and pooped out the story of Amar'e Stoudemire slicing his hand on a fire extinguisher case after angrily punching it. Whatever. No more reactionary words need to be written about it.
What is important, however, is Stoudemire's status going forward. He saw a hand specialist yesterday, and while there wasn't any tendon or ligament damage, he did undergo small surgery to repair a muscle. He's been ruled out for Game 3 on Thursday, but Amar'e insisted "he'll be back". While he's listed as doubtful for Game 4, he apparently believes he could be back in time for the rest of the series (if there is a rest after Game 4). And despite the gruesome sounding details of the incident, it's hard to image Stoudemire being sidelined for too long with a cut on the side of his hand.
I don't particularly want to debate whether he was wrong or right or deserving of punishment, but it is a shame that he could potentially miss the end of the series. Already missing Iman Shumpert and Jeremy Lin, with Baron Davis and Jared Jeffries seemingly forever injured, the Knicks stand virtually no chance of making it a competitive series at this point.
Though the Stoudemire-Carmelo Anthony pairing has been largely unsuccessful, the Knicks aren't going to be able to beat the Heat, with just one true scoring threat on the floor. I felt that coming home, with Stoudemire, the Knicks would have a chance to win a game, and maybe even two if they were lucky. Just enough to give the Heat a scare and make it competitive.
But as we've seen, the Heat are playing on a completely different level than the Knicks, and a team being carried solely by Anthony just won't be good enough to out-execute Miami in any significant way.