CLEVELAND, OH—Reeling from the Cavs’ 108–97 loss in game 4 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James closed his eyes and began vocalizing various imprecatory Psalms Friday night during the postgame interview, appealing to God directly into the microphone, asking him to utterly destroy the Golden State Warriors and their leader, Stephen Curry.
Not generally known as a man of outspoken faith, James was unabashed as he quoted several war Psalms he had reportedly memorized for such a desperate occasion, imploring God to have no mercy on the reigning champions and their two-time MVP Curry, who turned in a dominant 38-point performance Friday. When a reporter asked for an explanation, the Cavs’ superstar noted how well “the whole Bible thing” seems to be working for Stephen Curry.
“32 teams have gone down 3–1 in the Finals—none have ever come back to win,” he explained. “Smite the Golden State Warriors in your fierce anger, Lord.”
Asked about his dust-up with Draymond Green during the game, during which Green seemed to intentionally strike him in the groin, James spoke Psalm 58:6 into the mic, asking for God to “break his teeth in his mouth,” before shifting over to Psalm 69 and naming Stephen Curry, praying, “Let his eyes be darkened, so that he cannot see, and make his loins tremble continuously.”
LeBron wrapped up his press time by noting to reporters that the Book of Jeremiah mentions his enemies by name, before quoting Chapter 50, verse 36, invoking “A sword against the Warriors, that they may be destroyed.”