It's do-or-die time for the Lakers
If they win Game 7 against Boston for second straight title, it significantly improves chances the group will stay long enough to earn more. If they lose, that hope dies and everyone may scatter.
Game Seven. Game Heaven. Game Hell.
The most important three hours in Lakers' history arrive Thursday night on the happy feet of hope beset by the nagging twinges of doom.
"Life or death," said Kobe Bryant, pausing. "But not that extreme."
If the Lakers win, it would be their 16th championship, one short of Boston's record 17 titles. It would be Bryant's fifth ring, one short of Michael Jordan. It would bring the Lakers to within two years of one of the greatest climaxes in sports history, and owner Jerry Buss would never do anything to ruin a Hollywood ending.