--Jeremy Lin took some criticism in New York for not playing in Game 5 against the Miami Heat, despite ramping up his workouts in practice in the fifth week of his recovery from minor knee surgery. Lin at the start of the series said he was 85 percent healthy and hoped he might be close to returning by Game 4 or 5. When he suddenly backtracked and stayed out of Game 5, with the team down 3-1 in the series, some critics said he let the team down. Lin after the season ended clarified his situation: "When I worked out, I was probably going 80-to-85 percent and I just figured in a week I might be 100 percent. I think to get from 85 percent to 100 percent takes more time than I would have thought."
--When Amar'e Stoudemire fouled out of Game 5, the public address announcer at American Airlines Arena in Miami had some fun at the expense of the Knicks star. The announcer said Stoudemire was "extinguished." The remark was in reference to Stoudemire's regrettable moment after Game 2, when in frustration he whacked a fire extinguisher case outside the visitor's locker room at the arena and suffered a deep gash in his left hand. The injury caused him to miss Game 3. The Heat apologized for the announcer, Michael Baiamonte, in a statement, which said he "had a momentary lapse in judgment and used a poor choice of words."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Next year, I guarantee, is going to be a much more exciting and better year for us." -- Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire.
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