OK, the above headline isn’t exactly what MSG.com’s Alan Hahn is trying to stay about Knicks F Amar’re Stoudemire’s gruesome, self-inflicted injury that rendered him unavailable for a Game 3 clash with Miami. However, Hahn, opines, “I prefer to remain more upset at (Stoudemire’s) lack of defensive focus and rebounding determination, which won’t heal the way the hand will eventually heal.”
Stoudemire’s Kevin Brown/Doyle Alexander moment on Monday night was inexcusable and unforgivable, but let’s not churn too much in the sanctimonious rhetoric. Let he who never once regrettably smashed something in anger — and don’t tell me you didn’t during the second quarter of Game 1 — cast the first stone.
The senseless act that followed after the game was over — when it was too late to get mad — wound up only compounding his frustrations and the added emotion of the tragic loss of his brother, which is not something we can just simply dismiss. This was brewing from a toxic blend of a reality that his Knicks haven’t played at the same level as the Heat in the first two games of this series along with an underlying exasperation of being lost in an offense (he had just nine shots in Game 2, seven in Game 1) that the Heat have completely handcuffed. And let’s face it, Chris Bosh, whom Dwyane Wade and LeBron James chose to join them over Stoudemire in Miami, continues to outplay him.