Game 7s can't be any more hyped than they are. We've all heard all the noise about "anything can happen" and "this is when legends are made." Maybe, but who individually has the most riding on the outcome tonight.
1-KOBE BRYANT: It's obvious that this has been Kobe's series. He's been dominant in nearly every game and could possibly be the Finals MVP even if the Lakers lose tonight. Still, this title would vault him even further into the discussion of greatest ever. He'd have the same amount of rings as Magic Johnson. One less than Kareem and Jordan. Coming up huge tonight would just solidify any doubts that he should be considered among the greats. By the way, Jordan never won a Game 7 in the Finals (well, he never played one).
2-RAY ALLEN: I'm not as sold on Ray Allen as a Hall of Fame player. He's right there in the discussion. I feel that we'll either see a HUGE night from Allen ... or one of those off nights. Nothing in between. He's either scoring 26 or 11. If he shoots the lights out and lifts the Celtics to their 18th championship, then he would most likely be Finals MVP and placed in the Hall category with little questions asked. If he comes up small, people will criticize him for another poor postseason showing.
3-PAU GASOL: A big showing tonight (along with a win) and Gasol joins the list of big men with multiple titles. No, he's not on the same level as a Hakeem or anything, but it still is a huge accomplishment. Just like Ray Allen, Gasol's "legacy" could be greatly helped tonight. He's been known as Ga-soft. Bringing it tonight would knock that down off the wall. Coming up small would only magnify it.
4-PAUL PIERCE: Pierce is the leader of this Celtics team and the most clutch player they have. Winning a second ring would place him right among Larry Bird and the rest as great Celtic champions. A loss wouldn't be devastating to his legacy, but a win would catapult it.
5-DOC RIVERS: This may be his final game in Boston no matter what happens. A win places him as a multiple champion (nothing to sneeze at) and would allow him to pick any job whenever he decides to come back.