J.R. Smith put a shirt on, took it off again

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It’s been 3 days since the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors to bring a championship trophy back to Cleveland. It’s also been 3 days since J.R. Smith was last seen wearing a shirt.

A shirted Smith was last seen in Vegas, when the Cavs stopped off on their way home to celebrate the win. However, said shirt was very quickly removed as soon as the party started.

The next morning, the Cavs returned home, and many people were skeptical about whether Smith would get off of the plane with his team (read: was he still alive?). But then there he was, in all his still-shirtless glory.

However, when the  Cavs showed up for the parade this morning, it looked like Smith’s shirtless-streak was over. Here he is before the start of the parade wearing a shirt:

BUT WAIT! Mere MINUTES later, J.R. Smith is seen shirtless once again!

Take a closer look: there’s that white shirt that he was just wearing tucked into his shorts.

Was Smith required to wear a shirt to the parade? Was there some sort of “No shoes, no shirt, no parade” policy? Did he just show up wearing a shirt to gain his entry and then take it off immediately?? Cue fan conspiracy theories about the “disappearance and reappearance and then disappearance again” of JR Smith’s shirt.

But the parade is for the people, and the people want a shirtless J.R. Smith. So a shirtless J.R. Smith is what they’re going to get.

Never change, J.R. Never change.

(Speaking of never changing, please note that the shorts that Smith is wearing happen to be the same black-uniform shorts the Cavs wore in their game on Sunday. Do with that information what you will).

NBA Christmas Day Slate has Warriors, Spurs Among Odds Favorites

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Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors typically manage to cover when they face a close line on the road. The Warriors are listed as 3.5-point favorites on the NBA betting lines against the Cleveland Cavaliers for their Christmas Day matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Warriors are finding their peak form and are 14-2 straight-up and 7-8-1 against the spread on the road this season. The smallest line in any of the ATS losses, though, was 8.5 points.

The main matchup will be Durant against LeBron James, who has helped Cleveland forge a home record of 15-2 SU and 10-6-1 ATS. The Cavaliers are trying to replace injured SG J.R. Smith (right thumb surgery). Star forward Kevin Love (left knee bruise) also has an injury issue, but only had to play 25 minutes during a blowout win on Friday.

The Christmas Day slate begins with the New York Knicks hosting the Boston Celtics in a pick’em contest. The key matchup will be at point guard – the Knicks’ Derrick Rose and the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas. Boston is 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in its last 10 road games and has found a rhythm since C Al Horford returned from injury.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion) could have his minutes closely monitored to avoid aggravating his injury.

The San Antonio Spurs are favored by 7.5 points against the Chicago Bulls in a matchup headlined by two elite small forwards, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler. It is tough to go against San Antonio being 14-0 SU and 11-3 ATS in December home games over the last two seasons, particularly with Chicago’s erratic perimeter shooting.

The Bulls are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are favored by 4.5 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook is carrying his team which has been inconsistent at home, going 9-6 SU and 8-7 ATS this season.

Minnesota has plenty of promise in C Karl-Anthony Towns and SF Andrew Wiggins, but awful defense has kept them from getting into the playoff picture. The Timberwolves are 1-9 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 road games against the Thunder.

And the availability of Chris Paul (hamstring) will weigh heavily on the lines for the Christmas nightcap between the Los Angeles Lakers and Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are also without PF Blake Griffin (minor knee surgery), but D’Angelo Russell and the young Lakers are struggling at 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four divisional games.

The Clippers are 10-0 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite against the Lakers.

Watch Bulls vs. Clippers basketball game, live online stream

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Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers (11-2) look to stay hot when they host Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls (8-4). The Clippers extended the best start in franchise history with a 121-115 road victory at the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Bulls, riding a four-game winning streak, will play the third of six consecutive games on the road during their annual circus trip. Butler has poured in 20 or more points in a career-high six straight games and has recorded a 20+ point, 10+ rebound performance in back-to-back contests.

Watch the game live here:

When: 10:30 PM ET

Broadcast Network: NBATV

Live Stream: NBATV.com