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Snow likely finished for playoffs

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Posted: Tuesday May 09, 2000 02:50 AM

  Eric Snow Eric Snow (left) says the pain in his injured ankle is most detrimental to his abilities on defense. AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Philadelphia point guard Eric Snow apparently won't be available to the 76ers for the rest of the playoffs.

Snow, who missed the final two games of the first-round series against Charlotte with a fracture in his right ankle, was told after Monday night's 103-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers that team doctors believe it is unlikely he will play again this season.

"As of now, I'm finished. I didn't hear anything pop or give way; I just couldn't push off or accelerate," said Snow, who played only four minutes in the second half.

"I can go out there and try, but I won't be effective," said Snow, who scored two points in 23 minutes Monday. "It won't get any better until I take time off. I've never had pain like this from an injury.

"The championship is what you work for, and now I won't be able to do that."

Snow said the pain is not his main concern.

"The pain is not what bothers me. I can live with the pain," he said. "I can't push the ball up the court. I can't defend. I can't pressure. I can't get over screens. I've played in two games and had almost no rebounds and no steals . . . I just can't be effective."

The 76ers said an MRI would be performed on the ankle when the team returns to Philadelphia and that it would be put in a cast.

"I did come back too soon. It was a mistake to come back now, but I felt like I could help the team," Snow said. "It's not fair for me to be out there and not be effective when we have other guys here on the bench."

The 76ers won both games Snow missed against the Hornets.

"We've proven we can win without Eric," 76ers guard Allen Iverson said. "I don't want Eric to play if he's that hurt. I want him in the foxhole with us, but if he's hurt that bad, he can't take a chance with his career.

"We want to make the playoffs every year, and we need him every year."


 
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