Though speculation is usually a little more cynical, most NBA players tell us that they switch sneakers mid-game due to superstition. If the shots aren't falling, then the shoes are probably at fault. For Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, the decision to switch things up last night led to one of the team's biggest wins of the season.
Faced with the task of beating a Golden State Warriors team that hadn't lost at home since last January, the Celtics gave them all they could handle and more. Thomas, the team's lone All-Star, led the way with 22 points in a stunning 109-106 upset of the defending champs on the road.
After the game, Thomas had the opportunity to give credit to his teammates, coach or even take it himself. Instead, he praised his sneakers — the "All-Star" Nike Kobe 11 specifically. During the first half, Thomas was held scoreless in his own iD colorway, but returned to drop all 22 of his points in "All-Star" colorway.
"I switched my shoes. Them other shoes didn't have any buckets in them." - Isaiah Thomas https://t.co/cx4Y7Vjx1V— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 2, 2016