Amare Stoudemire thinks there’s a “great chance” he can play in Game 4 of the Knicks’ series againstMiamion Sunday despite cutting his left hand on a fire extinguisher case.
Stoudemire is out of Thursday’s Game 3 after a surgeon repaired a muscle in the hand Tuesday. The Knicks are calling him doubtful for Game 4, but Stoudemire said Wednesday he’s “not totally sure yet.”
The Knicks forward missed 13 games down the stretch with a bulging disk in his back. Wearing a large wrap around his hand, he said he’s hoping for another comeback.
“I just persevere through a lot of injuries and work hard to recover from injuries,” Stoudemire said.
This one was self-inflicted, he said he punched the case out of frustration Monday after the Knicks’ 104-94 loss dropped them into a 2-0 hole, denying he was upset about his diminishing role in the offense. He said the casing was around 85 percent metal and 2 percent glass, calling it bad luck that he hit the glass and cut himself.
“Everybody gets upset. You’re so passionate for the game. Everyone gets upset at times, but never in a million years did I think that I would actually cut my hand the way I did it,” Stoudemire said. “So, bad timing, but I’ll be back.”