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Moving on from that last shot, and voting Stepien Rules in Cleveland Magazine’s Blogger Brackets

It took me all of yesterday to get over that last shot from Anthony Parker on Saturday night. The first time he took and missed that buzzer beater against the Celtics I understood it. I defended the fact that he took it, and gave him a pass for missing. Doc Rivers only left Anthony Parker open in that 86-83 loss, and Kyrie Irving was covered by everybody. AP didn’t really need to take that last shot on Saturday night though. He didn’t really need to be on the court to be honest, but I don’t even feel like getting into all that. With 3.4 seconds left, and Kyrie curling around the top of the key WIDE OPEN ready to go Kyrie Irving, he should’ve been able to receive a pass and add to his legacy. Instead, AP bricked another one, and I just hope that he’s now officially crossed shooting buzzer beaters to tie or win NBA games off his bucket list forever. I can’t watch that again.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Anthony Parker, right, and Kyrie Irving react on the bench late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Cleveland on Friday,  Jan. 20, 2012.
Tonight what we will watch though, is the Cavaliers match-up with arguably my favorite frontline outside of Cleveland in all the League. Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson are beasts. They’re underrated, they’re old-school bigs, and they will cause a ton of problems for the Anderson Varejao-less Cavaliers tonight.  The Jazz are sputtering, having loss 7 of their last 10 and fallen below .500 in the process (17-19), but they will still put better players out on the court tonight than the Cavaliers will. Millsap just went for 24 in their last loss to Dallas, and he’s averaging 16 and 9 for the season. Jefferson is averaging 19 and 9, and he will destroy Semih Erden and/or Ryan Hollins tonight most definitely. Hopefully Samardo Samuels plays, because he’s the Cavaliers best chance against these two dudes in my humble opinion.

That said, the glass is kinda half full though with these Jazz coming to town. They are really, really bad on the road this season.  By that I mean they are 3-13, which could maybe give the Cavaliers a chance to snap this 5-game losing streak they are currently on. The Cavs will need big games from Kyrie Irving as well as Antawn Jamison in order to do so tonight – yes, Antawn Jamison. Somebody has to score here, and the Cavaliers will need to put some offensive pressure on the Utah frontline, so maybe Jamison can do that. After Big Al and Millsap, they rotate in Derrick Favors who scored 14 last time out along with Enes Kanter. Kanter only averages 5 points per game on the season though, so maybe Tristan goes off for a big night and dominates him too.

Cleveland Magazine’s Nothing But Net Blogger Brackets: Vote Stepien Rules

Hopefully you get a chance to vote Stepien Rules in Cleveland Magazine’s Blogger Brackets too. We are honored to be one of the 32 tremendous Cleveland area blogs selected for the Nothing But Net Blogger Brackets, pictured below, and would be even more honored if you took the time to vote.

We’re hoping to live up to the 3-seed billing, and can’t say enough good things about the seven other sports sites we were selected alongside. Big thanks to Cleveland Magazine for putting this together, and a big thanks to you too if you click here and vote!

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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