By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire suffered a badly cut hand after his team's 104-94 defeat to the Miami Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs on Monday.

Stoudemire, who was his team's second top scorer with 18 points and seven rebounds, left the American Airlines Arena with his left arm in a sling and his hand heavily wrapped.

A team spokesman said that the player had suffered a "laceration" and confirmed that the injury had happened after the game but gave no details of exactly how the cut occurred.

Game three of the series, which the Heat lead 2-0, takes place on Thursday in New York and Stoudemire's absence would be a major blow for a team already without injured Jeremy Lin and Imar Schumpert.

(Reporting By Simon Evans; Editing by Ian Ransom)