MIAMI, Fla. — The New York Knicks have little chance of upsetting the Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
Now their odds of winning even a game got much longer after Amare Stoudemire's temper tantrum following Miami's 104-94 victory in Game 2 Monday.
Stoudemire received stitches on his left hand, cutting it when he punched the glass-and-metal covering of a fire extinguisher outside the Knicks' locker room following the game. He left the AmericanAirlines Arena with his hand bandaged and his arm in a sling.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson offered little about the injury.
"I'm not going to comment until I see or hear what's going on," Woodson said. "He has a cut. How severe I don't know. I'm trying to learn a little bit more about it.
"We're just going to see how severe it is when the doctors get done with it."
Tyson Chandler sounded as if Stoudemire would be missing time.
"It's tough," he said. "You get emotional. You make a mistake, and now you deal with the repercussions."
If Stoudemire cannot play in Thursday's Game 3 at Madison Square Garden, he will join Jeremy Lin, who has been out several weeks with a knee injury, and Iman Shumpert, who tore an ACL in Game 1 after working his way into the starting lineup for the last month of the season.
And even though the Knicks have now lost 12 consecutive playoff games - a streak dating back to 2001 - equaling the NBA record held by Memphis for consecutive playoff losses, Woodson put a positive spin on the first two games in which the Knicks have lost by a combined 43 points.
"It's still a seven-game series, you got to win four to get out of it," Woodson said. "They held serve at home. I feel good about going home and playing in front of our crowd to see what we are made of."
Carmelo Anthony rebounded from a poor performance in Game 1, scoring 30 points. He came out determined to atone for his 11 points in the series opener, scoring 15 in the first quarter.
The Knicks' ability to stay in the game, though, ebbed and flowed with Anthony's production. In the first half, and especially the first quarter, Anthony was in the groove and the Knicks were able to stay close.
"I thought our ball club came out ready to play," Woodson said. "We played much better than we did in Game 1. I saw a lot of positive signs in the game we can build on."
Anthony took 11 of the Knicks' 18 shots in the first quarter, the most by an NBA player in the opening quarter of a playoff game since 2006, and New York trailed by just three.
At the half he had 21 points, but just six in the second quarter, and the Knicks fell further behind, 53-47.
Then as Anthony started to fade, he could not get the help he needed.
Anthony shot just 6-of-15 in the final three quarters. And although Stoudemire and J.R. Smith had their moments, neither are going to force a defense to make adjustments like it does for Anthony.
Stoudemire scored 18 but he had just six at the half. Smith and Tyson Chandler added 13.
Anthony, at times, showed his frustration of being a one-man band. After being knocked to the ground on a shot in the second quarter, Anthony spent more time looking for the foul than getting back on defense and never came close to the play before a foul was called against the Knicks.
"I missed some shots but the series is still up in the air," Anthony said. "We've got to keep everybody positive. It's far from over."