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After surgery, Stoudemire out indefinitely

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Forward Amar'e Stoudemire had surgery on his lacerated left hand on Tuesday, and the team said it is "doubtful" he will be available for the remaining games in the playoff series against the Miami Heat.

Stoudemire punched a glass fire extinguisher case with his left hand after the team's 104-94 loss in Game 2, which put his team in an 0-2 hole in the series.

He suffered lacerations, and had to be treated by paramedics at American Airlines Arena.

After visiting a hand specialist, Stoudemire had surgery Tuesday to repair a small muscle in his hand.

The Knicks said Stoudemire will not play in Game 3 on Thursday and is doubtful for Game 4. The team will re-assess Stoudemire's status after that.

In Stoudemire's absence, the Knicks probably will move Carmelo Anthony to power forward.

The Knicks are also without guard Iman Shumpert, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Game 1, and guard Jeremy Lin, who is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery but has said he hopes to return before the end of the series against the Heat.

Stoudemire addressed the incident via his Twitter account.

"I am so mad at myself right now," read a post on Stoudemire's verified account. "I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions. Headed home for a new start."

Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points during the season and 13.5 points in the first two playoff games.

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