Moments after the absorbed a 104-94 loss to the on Monday night, Stoudemire punched a fire-extinguisher case mounted in an arena corridor, slicing open the side of his hand. The extent of the injury was not immediately clear, and the team left for the airport without providing details, including how many stitches were required to close the cut. But Stoudemire seems likely to miss Game 3 of this series on Thursday. If Stoudemire is lost for any length of time, it will be a crushing blow to a team that has already dealt with too many of them. The Knicks trail the heavily favored Heat, 2-0; they are 0-5 against Miami this season.
“I’m not going to comment until I hear or see what’s going on,” Coach Mike Woodson said of Stoudemire’s injury. “How severe it is, I don’t know. That’s all I’m going to say. Let’s talk about the game.”
Stoudemire, with a sweatshirt hood pulled over his head and his left arm in a sling, walked out of American Airlines Arena about 10:45 p.m., more than an hour after the final buzzer. He did not stop to speak with reporters, who were turned back by a phalanx of security guards in a chaotic scene near the arena’s loading dock.
More than two hours after the game, Stoudemire : “I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start.”
Knicks officials revealed little about the injury, other than to say it was a laceration. No X-rays or other tests were performed before the team left for the airport.
The Knicks kept the locker room closed for 35 minutes after the game, far beyond N.B.A. regulations, while medical personnel treated Stoudemire and his teammates dispersed. The players were mostly mum about the injury and the circumstances that led to it.
“I really don’t know what the situation is with that,” said, adding, “I can’t really answer any of those questions about what happened, what he did or anything like that.”
The 10-point loss in Game 2 followed a 33-point rout in Game 1 and left the Knicks deflated as they headed home for the next two games. Although the final score was closer Monday, the Knicks were never really in the game. They trailed by 15 points with less than a minute to play and were never closer than 9 points in the fourth quarter.
Miami has dealt the Knicks their first two-game losing streak since Woodson took over on March 14. The Knicks have lost 12 straight playoff games, dating to 2001, tying an N.B.A. record set by the Grizzlies.
Anthony had 30 points, but he was 12 for 26 from the field, including 6 for 15 after the first quarter. Stoudemire was solid, with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. But the Heat’s superstars again proved superior, as , Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 65 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds.
Under the circumstances, Stoudemire’s angry punch was understandable, though certainly regrettable.
“When you lose, nobody wants to lose,” Anthony said. “My thing is, as one of the leaders of this team, is try to keep everybody positive, try to keep everybody’s heads up, try to keep everybody confident.”
The Knicks have already lost Iman Shumpert, their defensive stopper, to a season-ending knee injury. He will have surgery Wednesday to repair tears to his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus. Losing Stoudemire would leave the frontcourt in shambles and rob the Knicks of their second-best scorer.
A year ago, the Knicks were swept in the first round by the Boston Celtics after injuries to Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups. They appear headed down a similar path.
“It’s far from over,” Anthony insisted. “I believe that, and we believe that, too.”
Anthony was held to 11 points in Game 1, mostly by an aggressive defense that fronted and double-teamed him. The Knicks found better ways to get him the ball Monday, with more room to operate, but he still struggled to score consistently or efficiently.
Yet they remain dangerously reliant on Anthony’s offense. His 26 shots were four fewer than the other four starters’ combined. The Knicks had only 15 assists, another indication of a stagnating offense. Worse, they had no clue how to slow James (19 points), Wade (25 points) or even Bosh (21 points).
Stoudemire got rolling early in the fourth quarter, scoring 6 points as the Knicks briefly rallied. But Anthony had consecutive turnovers and Mario Chalmers and Bosh made back-to-back 3-pointers as the Heat pushed their lead to 92-77.
Tyson Chandler, his fever gone and his health returning, played a stout 33 minutes, finishing with 13 points and 7 rebounds while putting some fire back into the Knicks’ interior defense. If it looked like momentary progress, it was all undone with a single punch.
“It’s tough,” Chandler said. “Your emotions run high. A split-second decision can obviously alter things, and you can’t fault anybody. Amar’e is a person that has high emotions at times, so one quick decision-making mistake, and now you’ve got to deal with the repercussions.”
Jeremy Lin participated in the morning shootaround, his first since he had knee surgery on April 2. The workout was limited to shooting and walking through halfcourt sets. Lin has yet to scrimmage or take contact, and he has ruled himself out of Thursday’s game. … Tyson Chandler said he felt like “a zombie” while playing through a fever in Game 1. He was called for four offensive fouls, including a flagrant foul for lunging into LeBron James’s back with his forearm. “I wasn’t trying to be dirty,” Chandler said.