The Portland Trail Blazers are officially headed to the Western Conference finals, where they will meet the inevitable Golden State Warriors.
That means one thing for a certain family based in North Carolina: a split household.
For the first time in their careers, brothers Steph and Seth Curry will face off in a playoff series. It’s also the first time any set of brothers have ever met in an NBA conference final, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Per @EliasSports, Warriors guard Stephen Curry & Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry are the first brothers ever to meet in the conference finals and the first brothers to play against each other in any round since Marc Gasol (Grizzlies) & Pau Gasol (Spurs) in the 2017 First Round.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 12, 2019
While Steph obviously gets nearly all of the attention, most recently dropping 33 second-half points to kick the Houston Rockets out of the playoffs despite missing Kevin Durant, Seth has actually been having a pretty strong year.
The younger Curry ranked third in the NBA in three-point percentage during the regular season at 45 percent. That was one spot ahead of Steph, though to be fair, Steph attempted more than three times as many shots. Seth also nailed a number of big shots during Game 5 against the Nuggets, and should be good for at least another for the next series.
The pair have already faced in this year’s 3-point challenge in their native Charlotte, and now the season will get even more personal.
As one Twitter user pointed out, something similar will happen in the Eastern Conference finals between Marc and Pau Gasol, though Pau’s injury means the two won’t actually face off on the court.
While the Gasol parents won’t have to take sides, the Currys aren’t as lucky. Dell and Sonya Curry have reportedly decided to deal with the brother-against-brother affair by ... literally flipping a coin.
Seth & Steph Curry will be the first brothers to ever play each other in an NBA conference finals. Sonya & Dell Curry told me their plan is to literally flip a coin to split which kid to root for/which parent wears which team’s gear.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 12, 2019
Between that family drama, a revival of the Durant-C.J. McCollum Twitter/podcast feud, the Warriors’ possible injury returnees and just the basic existence of Damian Lillard, this series is shaping up to be a fun one.
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