Iverson has sprained thumb, ruled out of last two FIBA games

Updated: August 30, 2003, 10:13 PM ET

By Chris Bernucca SportsTicker Pro Basketball Editor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Guard Allen Iverson, who set United States records for 3-pointers in international competition, has a sprained right thumb and will miss the final two games of the FIBA Tournament of the Americas.

According to a USA Basketball spokesman, Iverson had X-rays and a CT scan on the thumb, which were negative. He is believed to have hurt himself in the first half of Thursday's 91-65 victory over Puerto Rico that ran Team USA's record in the tournament to 8-0. Doctors have ruled him out.

The United States faces Puerto Rico on Saturday night and either Canada or Argentina on Sunday. One win secures a berth in the 2004 Olympics for the Americans.

In November 1999, Iverson broke his right thumb.

Wearing a Baltimore Bullets hat and a Bullets throwback jersey of Hall of Fame center Wes Unseld, Iverson discussed his injury prior to Saturday's game in an interview with PPV sideline reporter Craig Sager.

"I sprained it," he said. "They took X-rays and said it's all right. They said it wasn't broken. I was gonna try to play."

Iverson spent Friday's off day hosting a 3-on-3 tournament in nearby Caguas that was sponsored by Reebok, with whom he has a lifetime contract featuring his own sneaker and apparel line. The superstar guard of the Philadelphia 76ers has received the loudest cheers of any American player from the crowds at Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Iverson leads the team in points with 114 and is second to Tim Duncan in scoring average at 14.3 per game. In Monday's 111-71 win over Canada, Iverson scored 28 points, making seven 3-pointers - all in the third quarter.

"With this squad, it's not needed for me to be the No. 1 option," he said.

Iverson is the fourth member of Team USA to miss at least one game. Forward Karl Malone left the team before the tournament began following the death of his mother. Duncan sat out a first-round game against his native Virgin Islands. And Tracy McGrady missed three second-round games due to a back sprain.

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