2012 NBA Playoffs: What was Amar’e Stoudemire Thinking?

The New York Knicks were going to have a hard time defeating the Miami Heat with Amar’e Stoudemire in the lineup, but without him is as good a guess as any.

The star forward punched a glass case holding a fire extinguisher after Monday night’s loss. The aftermath of the idiotic incident is a laceration on the inside of his palm, several questions from the New York fanbase and the Knicks down a man for Game 3 of their first-round series. The question must be asked, what the heck was Stoudemire thinking?

This is very similar to the Rajon Rondo incident from Sunday night, except Rondo bumped an official instead of smashing his own hand through a glass door. Both incidents have anger involved and both players have put their team in jeopardy with their selfish actions. The only difference is the more recent event is far more bizarre.

Was Stoudemire angry that his teammates were not giving him the ball? Was he mad that Carmelo Anthony took 26 shots and only made 12 while he went 6-for-9? The fact is the Knicks only lost by 10 points compared to the 33 they suffered in Game 1 of the series. If there was ever going to be punching it should have been then. Maybe Stoudemire was just upset that the Knicks lost the second game when he believed they had a chance to win.

The reality is this is easily the stupidest thing a person can do in this situation. I completely understand being angry and punching something, but it is not like the Knicks were eliminated. They still have a realistic shot at beating the Heat, especially with the next two games being played at Madison Square Garden.

Stoudemire displayed his emotions after the game via Twitter.

 ”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.”

Instead of punching glass he should have bottled up his anger and used it Thursday night when the third game of the series will be played. Now, he will have to watch from the bench and hope his team can hold off Miami.

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