The curse of the black trim: Celtics are historically awful in alternate jersey

Something is wrong with the Celtics' alternate jersey. You can deny superstitions all you want, but there is something to be said for how passionate athletes can get about this kind of stuff. When you hear about Isaiah Thomas changing his shoes and going off for 22 points in the second half because there were "no buckets" in the ones he wore in the first half, or Michael Jordan religiously wearing his Tar Heel shorts under his game shorts, it makes you wonder if there is actually a method to the madness. Could we be witnessing some sort of superstitious curse based on how consistently the Celtics lose in their black-trimmed alternate away jersey?

Since their introduction in the 2005-06 season, the C's have worn the alternates in 8 playoff games. Their record? You guessed it! 0-8.

What about the 2008 title run when we saw arguably the most dominant Celtics team in recent memory? 0-4 in the first two rounds before ditching the black-trimmed garbs for the remainder of the postseason.

Luckily, we have the compulsively superstitious Isaiah Thomas around to make sure the curse does not effect this postseason any further. In ESPN's Chris Forsberg's piece about the uniforms, Isaiah said he was aware of the historically poor performances in the jerseys and "already told [team travel and equipment manager John Connor] and [basketball facilities manger]  Andy [Mannix] that. So you don't even gotta worry about that."

Expect the traditional white trim tonight and hopefully a tie series coming back to Boston on Friday.

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