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Eric Snow helped lead a battered Sixers squad to the NBA Finals last season and is a large reason why the team has stayed strong through another rash of injuries this year. In Game 1 against the Celtics, he scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists in a hard-fought contest that slipped away from the Sixers in the second half. In Philadelphia's Game 3 win at home, Snow provided 25 points and five assists.
On the last day of practice before the Sixers attempt to tie their first round series with the Celtics, Snow answered a selection of fan e-mail.
What do you think the Sixers will do different from what you
did in Game 3 to be able to beat the Celtics in Game 4?
Snow: We'll have pretty much the same game plan as Game 3, but I think we probably want to establish Dikembe Mutombo a little more.
I was wondering if anything feels different this year in the
playoffs then last year. Thanks! By the way, you are my favorite Sixer!
Good luck tomorrow night!
Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Snow: I think that last year we had the momentum as far as home court advantage and now we don't. So we basically have to gut it out on the road. I think that the biggest difference.
Eric, do you think that having the home court for Game 3 had
any effect on the outcome?
Snow: Yeah, I think that when we play at home, we always have the emotional boost and the energy from the crowd behind us and that always helps.
I think you are an extremely talented player. I have watched
you make many clutch shots. How do you keep yourself calm when
preparing to shoot an important shot?
Snow: I guess it's practice and repetition all the time and just be confident. Just be confident and let it go.
I've noticed throughout the season that a number of
people have stepped up to the plate while Allen, Aaron, Deke,
D.C, Jabari, Damone and yourself were out with injuries. How has that raised the confidence of the bench players that stepped up such as Samuel D.,
Vonteego, Raja, and in many cases Speedy?
Snow: I think it always helps when people are able to contribute. Anything positive always gives guys confidence and that helps us now.
I am a huge Sixers fan. What do you like most about
playing for the Sixers?
Upper Darby, Pa.
Snow: It's a sports town. The sports fans, they love their basketball. It's a great organization and a great place to play the game I love.