Take it from somebody who has punched glass before. There's a split second after you've cocked back your arm, you're on the follow-through and past the point of no return when common sense hits you and you realize you are about to make the sort of mistake that will a) hurt and b) subject you to very serious ridicule.
On the frustration front, I can sympathize with Amare Stoudemire after two subpar playoff games in Miami. Yet to nobody's surprise is the public humiliation that has followed -- from the usual mainstream morning fun of the Gotham tabloids' back pages to some of the best tweets of Monday night:
"To his credit, Amare Stoudemire was attacking the glass" (@AndreFRiSCO)
"Now that the glass on the container has been broken, can the fire extinguisher play point guard for the Knicks?" ( @CardboardGerald)
Big ups also go to @treykerby for pointing out that "Carmelo taking care of snitches' while Stoudemire got stitches.
Now that he's almost certainly out for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final with the mangled hand, we can probably start assuming this series will be over sooner than many thought.
Iman Shumpert's torn ACL in Game 1 was just about the worst thing that could have happened to the Knickerbockers -- much worse than Amare punching out the fire extinguisher window -- because he was a difference maker on defence and an X-factor if he could just get a little extra harassment on Dwyane Wade.
Now, for Game 3 at least, back in the Garden, the Knicks really will be all Melo's again. Of course, stats will tell you that New York may be better off without Stoudemire (14-5 without him this year). But keep in mind that one of those win streaks came at the height of Linsanity. Also keep in mind that the Knicks are now resting their hopes at point guard on the two-headed veteran monster of Baron Davis and Mike Bibby.
Stranger things have happened, I know. In fact, the term "Ewing Theory" was concocted from the Knicks during another lockout season playoff run in 1999. But the intangibles are much different now. The Knicks will probably steal one at MSG, drawing from what will be a raucous crowd. But this series is over.
Further to the topic of torn ACLs, much like New York's, Chicago's title hopes are also finished with Derrick Rose's injury. Much has been said since Saturday about whether the compressed schedule and lack of adequate recovery time contributed to the end of the ACL tear of the NBA's reigning MVP.
The answer is yes. Partially. But as ESPN's Michael Wilbon pointed out Monday, NBA trainers are fully aware that few athletes have the torque Rose does and therefore putting more stress on their joints. It was probably a perfect storm. But as with all things medical, there's no guarantee in knowing what it was.
We can blame the schedule all we want. But there are no victims here, even with serious injuries. Players play. Sixty-six games in 124 days wasn't going to faze a true professional athlete, at least not on the surface.
The upside for Rose is that he's got all summer to rehab and Chris Paul's recovery from his knee issues should serve as some positive reinforcement.
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