Toronto Raptors reach Conference final and Championship final
Now here comes the toughest challenge of all, the Indiana Pacers. A team led by Reggie Miller and their coach, the great Larry Bird. It would’ve been considered complete lunacy if you had picked the Raptors over the Pacers. But this was THE Scottie Pippen series. Scottie Pippen absolutely shut down Reggie Miller and looked like 1994 MVP candidate Pippen of old. He was unstoppable.
The Toronto Raptors ended up winning the series 4-3, in what was an All-Time great series. Not so much for Reggie Miller who failed to have a field goal percentage over 40 percent more than once. This was also a series that caused a lot of uproar in the NBA. No fans or media members wanted to see a brand new team make it to finals, all the worse a Canadian one.
However, this is where everything fell apart for the Toronto Raptors. The Hall of Fame frontcourt of a veteran David Robinson and an up and coming Tim Duncan was too much to handle for the Toronto Raptors. Marcus Camby and Vince Carter were exposed on both ends of the floor, and Damon Stoudamire played like his nickname suggested (Mighty Mouse). Scottie Pippen, besides his best efforts, just couldn’t do it all by himself. The Toronto Raptors were swept 4-0, and this was the end of something special for the organization.
Scottie Pippen did what any other star in Toronto did at that time, sign with any other team (Portland Trailblazers), Damon Stoudamire followed Pippen’s footsteps and signed with the Portland Trailblazers also. This left all but Marcus Camby and Vince Carter as the only shining spots in Toronto. Pippen’s presence actually managed to affect Vince Carter, and he went on to make 2 all-defensive teams with the Raptors before he was ultimately traded to the New Jersey Nets. Meanwhile, Marcus Camby got traded to the Denver Nuggets when Carter got left.
This was the end of an era for the Toronto Raptors and this is what could’ve happened if Scottie Pippen was a Toronto Raptors.