As Warriors Streak Ends, Cavs’ JR Smith Says ‘I Wanted Them To Go Undefeated Until Christmas’
Warriors streak is now a part of contemporary sporting folklore. The Golden State Warriors’ 28-game winning streak was snapped by the Milwaukee Bucks last night. And surprisingly, JR Smith, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard, was rooting for the reigning NBA champions to keep winning. Well, at least until the NBA finals rematch on Christmas night.Advertisement
“I was upset. I’m not going to lie,” the Cavaliers guard said of the Warriors Streak ending. “When it was a tough game against Boston (on Friday night), I was home watching the game and I was like, ‘Man, y’all got to pull this out. Y’all got to pull this out.’ I wanted them to go undefeated until they played us.”
Of course, Warriors (24-1) did pull that one out on Friday. But they fell to the Bucks a night later.
Also, the Warriors-Cavaliers match on December 25 is expected to garner record television ratings especially after last year’s grueling NBA finals – which registered the highest ratings since the Michael Jordan era. If Warriors remained unbeaten going into that blockbuster game, there would have been a little more to look forward to.
When informed of Smith’s desire, LeBron James had an interesting retort. “I’m too much of a guy that sticks in the present. I would be cheating the situation, I would be cheating the progress by worrying about a Christmas Day game when we’re not there yet,” said the four-time MVP who put up astronomical numbers against the Warriors during the finals.
Still, James did shower praise on Warriors for their amazing feats. “They played and they’re going to continue to play at a high level. It’s just one loss. I mean, these guys won 24 straight to start the season. So they’ve been playing at a high level. Those guys have no championship hangover and that’s the result of it.”
Will there be a fresh Warriors Streak? Don’t bet against it. The champs return home after a grueling 7-game road trip to host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.