New York Kincks forward Amare Stoudemire said he expects to play in Sunday's game 4 of the Knicks first round series against the Miami Heat.
Stoudemire will sit out Thursday night's game three at Madison Square Garden with a hand injury. The Knicks trail 2-0 in the series.
I think there's a great chance I'll play Sunday - not totally sure yet, Stoudemire said to reporters on Wednesday.
The Knicks power forward injured his hand when he slapped the glass cover of a fire extinguisher in frustration following a game two loss in Miami.
Stoudemire walked out of the American Airlines Arena with his arm in a sling and wore a bulky bandage when he spoke to reporters. ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that an eyewitness told him that Amare's hand was hanging off, after the injury.
Half of his hand was just hanging off. It was really bad. Blood was just squirting out. That's why they had the paramedics come in, because they thought he might have punctured an artery because of how much blood was coming out, the unnamed source told Broussard.
Stoudemire sought to explain himself and clear up some of the rumor and innuendo surrounding his injury when he spoke to the media.
I was more frustrated at the fact we were down 0-2, he said. It wasn't as if I was really trying to take out the fire extinguisher door. I wanted to make some noise and let out some frustration. Unfortunately I cut my hand by accident.
However, the New York Post's Marc Berman tweeted on Wednesday that Stoudemire would undergo series ending surgery as a result of the injury.
This is the second straight post season that Stoudemire has been on the injury list for something he did to himself. Last year he injured his back attempting to dunk in warm-ups before game two.
The Knicks have lost 10 straight postseason games dating back to the 2003-04 playoffs. The last time they won a game in a playoff series was in 2001. If they hope to reverse that trend and avoid a sweep on their home floor they will need Stoudemire to be game ready for game four.