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.