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Amare Stoudemire bloodied after punching fire extinguisher [UPDATED]

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Two losses to the Miami Heat have frustrated Knicks star Amare Stoudemire. Now he might not be around to help turn things around.

UPDATE: Steve Kyler of Hoopsworld.com is reporting that Amare Stoudemire underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a muscle tear in his hand. The Knicks forward will be out for the "foreseeable future."

Following the Knicks Game 2 loss to the Heat, Stoudemire reportedly punched the glass casing surrounding a fire extinguisher in the halls of AmericanAirlines Arena.

Multiple outlets, including ESPN, are reporting that the moment of anger required immediate attention from paramedics. The shattering of the glass left Stoudemire's left hand bloodied, and television cameras caught the forward leaving the stadium with a bandage around his hand and his left arm in a sling.

On his verified Twitter account, Stoudemire wrote to his followers, "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."

The "headed home for a new start" leaves Stoudemire's playing status up in the air. While no official report has been given regarding the severity of the injury, Stoudemire's Knicks teammates and sources speaking to ESPN believe he will miss time. Center Tyson Chandler told reporters he thinks Stoudemire will "probably" be out for at least Game 3.

The timing obviously could not be worse for the Knicks, who find themselves in a deep 2-0 hole in their seven-game series against the powerful Heat. Stoudemire contributed 18 points in Monday's loss, second on the team behind Carmelo Anthony's 30 points. Stoudemire scored just 9 points in Saturday's 100-67 Game 1 loss.

Stoudemire recently returned after missing 13 games with a back injury, and his loss would be felt strongly by New York. The Knicks are already missing point guard Jeremy Lin and lost guard Iman Shumpert in Game 1 with a torn ACL. The Knicks are thin on the frontline and may choose to play a small lineup featuring Anthony at the power forward. Rookie Josh Harrellson or veteran Jared Jeffries would be options if the team stays big.

The story of an athlete taking on a wall or fixture after a frustrating performance is nothing new. However, many in the past have been baseball pitchers upset with their outings. Pitchers Randy Johnson, Kevin Brown, Jason Isringhausen and Julian Tavarez all missed time after punching a fixture in the dugout or clubhouse.

Unfortunately for the Knicks, Stoudemire adds his name to the infamous list. And his actions could sink any hope New York had of getting back in its first-round series.

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