“I wanted them to go undefeated until they played us,” Smith said.
The Golden State Warriors are not the only ones disappointed with their 108–95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith was also rooting for the team that took down the Cavs in the 2015 NBA Finals, reports ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
“I was upset. I'm not going to lie,” Smith said. “When it was a tough game against Boston, I was home watching the game and I was like, ‘Man, y’all got to pull this out.’ I wanted them to go undefeated until they played us.”
The Warriors will take on the Cavs for the first time this season on Christmas Day, and Smith wanted the Cavs to be the team to break their win streak.
Smith’s teammate LeBron James said he was not yet concerned with beating Golden State later this month.
“I'm too much of a guy that sticks in the present,” James said. “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,”
James also continued on to praise the Warriors for winning 24 straight games to start the season, breaking the previous best start record of 16–0. “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.”
The Warriors fell just a few games short of breaking James and the Miami Heat’s 27-game win streak from the 2012–13 season. The longest win streak in history still belongs to the 1971–72 Lakers with 33 straight wins.
- Xandria James