Throughout the entire postseason, even dating back to last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers have worn their navy blue alternate jerseys when on the road. But in last night’s do-or-die game in Oakland, the trend was curiously put to an end as the team elected to wear their black sleeved uniforms.

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Superstition or not, it worked. However, there was a deeper reason why the Cavaliers opted to go out wearing black and it wasn’t because they were mourning over their campaign. In a recent tweet by’s Chris Haynes, he revealed the interesting rationale behind the jersey color.

A lot of pride is indeed at stake in this finals, and the past two games have amped up that aspect with the altercations between players and the Golden State crowd that has become more hostile towards LeBron James.

Interestingly, when the Cavs debuted their black jerseys, James was visibly uncomfortable with the sleeves which ended in him tearing them apart in Hulk-like fashion.

Furthermore, according to Kevin Ducey of Sports Illustrated, James has fared very well when fighting with the discomfort of wearing the dreaded sleeved jerseys.

Numbers don’t lie, and the fact has been cemented significantly after James’ classic performance in Game 5. 41 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks ain’t too shabby.

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They’ll play Game 6 at the Quicken Loans Arena in, most probably, their home whites. If they manage to force a seventh game, let’s see if the dark uniforms will see the light of day once more.