Sixers' Snow plays despite fractured ankle
Updated: Wednesday May 30, 2001 10:15 PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eric Snow played Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night despite a new fracture in his right ankle.
Snow, who missed 32 games after fracturing the same ankle earlier this season, broke it again when he stepped on Sam Cassell's foot late in the first half of the Philadelphia 76ers' victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
He limped into the First Union Center two hours before Game 5 as a friend carried his crutches. With 5:13 left in the first quarter, Snow entered the game and nailed a jumper on his first shot.
Dr. Donald Baxter, who inserted a two-inch screw into Snow's ankle during surgery on Dec. 12, said the new fracture is perpendicular to the screw.
"That's highly unusual," Baxter said.
Baxter and Sixers team physician Dr. Jack McPhilemy said the risk of further injury is not significant. However, Snow risks breaking the screw or further displacing the fracture.
He wore a special brace on the ankle in addition to heavy tape to protect it from a 90-degree turn.
"Surprisingly, his ankle feels better," McPhilemy said. "He played the whole second half on it."
Snow had six points, three assists and a key steal late in the fourth quarter of Philadelphia's series-tying 89-83 victory Monday. He was averaging 8.5 points, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds in the playoffs.
During the conference semifinals against Toronto, Snow was benched in favor of Aaron McKie because his injured foot was limiting his effectiveness.
"I spoke to Eric and told him it was his decision, and I'll support it," Sixers coach Larry Brown said before Game 5. "I have a lot of admiration for what he's been through all season, particularly these playoffs."
The Sixers already are without starting forward George Lynch,
who is out with a broken foot. NBA MVP Allen Iverson is playing
with a badly bruised tailbone that forced him to miss Game 3 and
backup center Matt Geiger continues to sit out with tendinitis in
his right quadriceps.