amare_stoudemire_dwyane_wade_web.jpgAP Sports Writer


MIAMI — Amare Stoudemire draped a towel over his left hand as he walked into the privacy of the New York Knicks’ training room an hour after the game ended, needing a sanctuary from prying eyes.

The specifics of what Stoudemire did immediately after Game 2 were unclear. Only this was certain: His hand was cut so severely that doctors and paramedics were summoned, drops of blood stained the carpet, a piece of glass in the door to a fire-extinguisher case needed to be replaced and a bad night for the Knicks on the court got much worse when Stoudemire walked off it.

Stoudemire's availability — and New York's hopes — for the rest of this Eastern Conference first-round series against the Miami Heat look bleak at best, first because the Knicks were beaten 104-94 on Monday night to fall into a 2-0 hole in the best-of-seven matchup, then because of whatever emotions boiled over near the locker room afterward.

“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,” Stoudemire wrote on Twitter about two hours after the game.

Game 3 is Thursday. Before the Knicks left the arena for the flight home, a team official said the extent of the injury is unknown. But, in the locker room, Knicks center Tyson Chandler said he did not expect Stoudemire to be able to play when the series returns to Madison Square Garden.

So on their trip to Miami, the Knicks lost two games and two starters. Guard Iman Shumpert was lost for six to eight months after tearing a knee ligament in Game 1, a freak play after a misstep. Stoudemire now appears gone as well, because of a mistake.

“You never want to hear anyone gets hurt,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who led the Heat with 25 points. “Hopefully he gets better. We want all their guns on the court.”

Chris Bosh added 21 points and LeBron James finished with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Heat. Mario Chalmers scored 13 points and Mike Miller and Shane Battier each shot 3 for 5 from 3-point range on their way to 11-point games for the defending East champion Heat, who shot 52 percent.

Almost forgotten: Miami had just sent New York to its NBA-record-tying 12th straight postseason loss. The Knicks’ last postseason win came April 29, 2001.


Photo: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) looks to pass as New York Knicks' Amare Stoudemire defends during the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs in Miami, Saturday, April 28.