You can use any overused sports euphemism you want, but none of them really personify how immense tonight’s game is. The NBA Finals has come down to the final game of the season for only the 5th time in the last three decades. This will be the second time these two historic franchises play in a Game 7, with Larry Bird’s Celtics beating Magic Johnson’s Lakers in 1984. With all eyes on Staple’s Center tonight, many questions still hang in the balance; will this cement Kobe Bryant as a legend? Can they Celtics still compete without Kendrick Perkins? Will the Celtics add their 18th championship? Or will the Lakers win their 5th ring in 11 years? Will Phil Jackson pay homage to Pat Riley, the last Lakers coach to win an NBA Finals Game 7, and slick his hair back? Maybe not, but anything can happen. Welcome to Game 7.
Dan Shaughnessy, columnist & Boston Celtics beat writer for the Boston Globe
Mark Medina, columnist & Los Angeles Lakers blog writer for the Los Angeles Times