This action packed game has become the equivalent of the Sport Illustrated Cover Curse. The curse here doesn't limit itself to injuries either - so beware Dwight Howard (cover of NBA Live 2010).
1996: Shaq fractures his thumb and suffers through a variety of injuries - and gets steamrolled by the greatest team of all time, the 72-10 Bulls.
1997: Mitch Richmond is now doomed to be one of the best forgotten men in the league. Richmond got injured the next year and was traded to the lowly Wizards for Chris Webber.
1998: Tim Hardaway broke down for two straight years, only playing in 48 and 52 games respectively. Oh, and the curse took a while to really take hold, but in 2007 he announced how he hated gays.
1999: Antoine Walker, Ba DUM bum. This also took a while to take hold, but gambling debts and home invasions lay ahead.
2000: Duncan gets his first bite of the injury bug, and misses the playoffs, where the defending champion Spurs got beat in the first round by the Suns.
2001: While KG had a decent season, the Wolves themselves got hit by the curse - first with the auto accident death of Malik Sealy and then the Kevin McHale tampering case - resulting in the eventual loss of three first-round picks.
2002: Steve Francis developed an inner ear infection and a foot injury, missing 25 games. Oh, and he never met a shot he didn't like, sinking the Rockets. They were able to draft Yao based on their terrible year - more evidence of the curse!
2003: While Jason Kidd's exploits on the court held up - two Finals appearances with the Nets - his personal life unraveled following domestic abuse charges, culminating in a messy divorce in 2007.
2004: This was Vince Carter's last year in Toronto - the one where he admitted that he tanked it. 'Nough said. Well, the curse seems to have affected him in the sense that if a defensive player touches him, he'll go down like he was shot.
2005: Carmelo Anthony was involved in more off the court incidents, and only the curse can explain how strange they were: A clash with Larry Brown during the Olympics, a fight in a NY club where three guys tried to extort money from him because they taped it, appearing in an underground DVD glorifying drug dealers, and tanking the next season until Bzdelik got fired and Karl came in. He seems cured now.
2006: Dwyane Wade led the team to its first championship. And he has two of his good friends bringing their talents to South Beach. The curse of bad PR lurks over them, but that's about it.
2007: T-Mac had a good year, but lost again in the first round with the Rockets, and has never recovered from his knee injuries. He was recently spurned by the Bulls and is searching for any takers.
2008: Agent 0, Gilbert Arenas, had one of the biggest examples of the curse, hurting his knee, coming back, then dropping the gauntlet in the locker room, ready to march 10 paces with Javaris Crittenton.
2009: Tony Parker battled injuries and played in only 56 games, and has been rumored to be on the trading block.