It sure seems that Steph Curry seems to believe that “it’s gotta be the shoes,” as Spike Lee’s Mars Blackmon famously told Michael Jordan in 1989. The modern day edition features the Golden State Warriors star switching to a pair of supposedly lucky sneakers after halftime, even with his team holding a double-digit lead heading into the third quarter.
Curry wore a white and red pair of sneakers to start Game 5 of the NBA Finals and did not start out too great. He shot a disappointing 0-of-4 from beyond the arc during the first two quarters.
Maybe it was for comfort reasons, maybe it was because of superstition, but whatever the reason, Curry ended up changing out his shoes for the second half. These aren’t just any shoes, however: These are the purple Curry 4s. The Warriors are undefeated this postseason whenever Curry wears them, a stat he just found out on Sunday.Curry most recently wore them on Friday, during his jaw-dropping 43-point performance at TD Garden in the Dubs’ 107-97 Game 4 victory.
His alleged superstition appeared silly at first, since the Warriors were still playing a whole lot better than the Celtics were entering the second half. Unfortunately for Golden State, his concerns became a lot more valid when Boston entered the third quarter with an offensive explosion, taking their first lead of the night after a 19-4 run. Looks like the shoes will need to come in handy after all.