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J.R. Smith says he's watching Golf Channel instead of the NBA Playoffs

May 9, 2017
Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Two
Jason MillerCLEVELAND, OH - MAY 3: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a fan during the second half of Game Two of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena on May 3, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors 125-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

J.R. Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers finished off a sweep of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs improved to 8-0 in the 2017 NBA Playoffs, allowing the veteran squad some much-appreciated rest in between rounds.

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But that doesn't mean Smith has been spending his extra time watching games of potential Eastern Conference playoff opponents -- or even staying up for Golden State Warriors games (C'mon, we all know they're going to meet in the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year). Instead, the starting shooting guard says he's keeping his TV tuned to. . . Golf Channel? Yep. Check out this post-game interview (go to the 3:30 mark):

Of course, this doesn't surprise us at all. Smith's love of golf -- both playing and watching -- has long made him one of our favorite athletes in pro sports. In fact, there's probably at least a little part of him that wishes he was still on the worthless New York Knicks so all these extra playoff games wouldn't keep him off the course.

But with the way LeBron James and the rest of the Cavs are playing, it doesn't look like Smith's season is ending anytime soon. And up next might be the Boston Celtics, a team that used a round of golf to try to pry Smith away in free agency last year.

Nice try, Boston. But in a few weeks (Man, are the NBA Playoffs long) Smith and the Cavs will be going to the NBA Finals again. And then, finally, he'll get to play a lot of golf.


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