Afternoon Of Game Seven

A few links and items to pass the time until the 9:00pm tipoff.

Bill Simmons will have another Cover It Live in-game chat tonight on ESPN.com, but it will start at 8:00pm tonight.

Game Preview: NBA Finals, Game 7 – Celtics at Lakers– Marc D’Amico of Celtics.com has the preview.

Pierce on brink of joining royalty – Chris Mannix has Paul Pierce embracing the moment and looking to add to his legacy.

Kobe’s legacy on the line in Game 7 – Mitch Lawrence says Kobe has the most to gain and lose tonight.

Why the Celtics will win Game 7 – Chris Forsberg tries to boost your confidence.

Why the Lakers will win Game 7 – Andy Kamenetzky does the opposite.

With legacies and a title on the line, these factors could decide Game 7 – Lee Jenkins tries to sort out what’s going to happen.

Lots of Legacies at Stake in Game 7 – Kevin Henkin looks at what’s at stake.

Perk or No Perk, the Celtics Got This – Jon Duke examines how the Celtics will fill in for Perkins.

Celtics, Lakers feel electricity of Game 7 – Marc J. Spears talks to those who have been there before.

Win or lose, Celtics will do it together – Mark Kriegal calls the Celtics chances of winning tonight “slim, at best.”

Desperate teams should make for epic Game 7 – Todd Behrendt says nothing about tonight is predictable.

Ray Allen talks a good game about not talking – Steve Buckley with an afternoon column on Ray Allen, perhaps playing his last game as a Celtic.

Globe Sports editor Joe Sullivan and Chad Finn preview tonight’s game:

Bob Ryan also weighs in.

Obseervations from Patriots mini-camp today – Ian R. Rapoport, Mike Reiss, Christopher Price, Andy Hart.

Bill O’Brien comes over to talk – Albert Breer with what the QB coach had to say today.

Random Quote

I don’t think D&C are unlikeable. They’re passionate and sometimes their comments and opinions can be perceived as negative. But they are incredibly smart, well prepared and far more knowledgeable about sports than Toucher and Rich. That’s why they’re as successful as they are. Toucher and Rich are talented radio guys and they have a following, but if you want sports, D&C are the choice.

— Jason Wolfe, WEEI.com Chat, 8/3/12