Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith won’t get his Christmas wish this year. Smith wanted the opportunity to end the Golden State Warriors‘ historic winning streak on Dec. 25, but the Milwaukee Bucks ruined his plan on Saturday.
“I was upset. I’m not going to lie,” Smith said of the Warriors’ streak ending. “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. Y’all got to pull this out.’ I wanted them to go undefeated until they played us.”
The Warriors are 24-1, and they might well be 27-1 when they meet the Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. It’ll still be the biggest matchup of the season so far, assuming everybody’s healthy, simply because Stephen Curry and LeBron James will be in the same building. Smith said last month that he wanted to face Golden State in the NBA Finals again, and that looks like a likely scenario. Regardless of the status of the streak, there’s going to be a ton of hype about this rematch.
Still, Smith has a point. The Warriors seem a little less invincible now, and it would have only taken a few more wins to enter the Cavs game without having lost since seeing them in June. That would have been quite a storyline.