Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final is Wednesday night in Milwaukee.
So our simulation gives a 15-point road win to the visiting Philadelphia 76ers. "I guess I've got one more and I'm gone for one game so I've got to look out for it". Simmons - who averaged almost 17 PPG during the regular season - has scored more than 10 points just twice in the six games against Toronto.
Fast forward 18 years later.
Leonard is averaging 31.8 points per game in the playoffs so far, trailing only Kevin Durant among players still active in the postseason.
Rapper and Raptors super fan Drake, whose support for sports teams has become something of a curse, took ownership of his hex and protected his beloved team by watching the game in a pair of Philadelphia 76ers shorts, with proof posted on his Instagram Story...
Addressing the media postgame, with an offseason rife with uncertainty ahead of him and years of bad basketball behind him, he was asked where "The Process" stands now and how exhausted he felt after playing all but 2 minutes, 48 seconds of the 48 minutes played Sunday. What followed will go down in Raptors lore. With the 76ers' Joel Embiid in his face, Kawhi got up and released the ball with 0.4 seconds on the clock. They shot 54 percent for the game with the trio of Embiid, Butler, Simmons combining for 73 points. The Raptors bench held back. He pulled up a contested long-two that clanked off the rim, giving the home team the Game 7 win to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
With "Jimmy! Butler!" chants ringing from the rafters, he helped Philadelphia force a seventh game against Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals, hitting big baskets in bunches and scoring 25 points in the 76ers' 112-101 victory over the Raptors on Thursday night.
From Lowry's assist to the charge on Embiid, the Raptors outscored the 76ers 17-7.
Both shots came against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round with the Milwaukee Bucks waiting to play the victor in the Conference Finals. "I can't imagine it meaning any more".
Iverson and the Sixers lost in The Finals in five games to the defending champion-Los Angeles Lakers. The victor will face either the Golden State Warriors or the Portland Trailblazers.
Though they would hope for a different final outcome, the parallels between two of the biggest moments in Raptors franchise history is uncanny.