OAKLAND – Simply as he walked previous an enviornment hallway, Stephen Curry stopped in his tracks. The Warriors’ star noticed his mother, Sonya. Then Curry carried out a double take.
Not like most of his NBA video games that she attended, Curry’s mom didn’t put on Stephen’s jersey. With Stephen enjoying in opposition to his youthful brother, Seth, within the Warriors’ 116-94 win over Portland within the Recreation 1 of the Western Convention Finals, Sonya and Curry’s father, Dell, modified their outfits.
By advantage of a coin flip, Sonya wore the entrance of Seth’s No. 31 Path Blazers jersey and the again of Stephen’s No. 30 Warriors jersey. In the meantime, Dell sported the entrance of Stephen’s No. 30 Warriors jersey and the again of Seth’s No. 31 Path Blazers jersey.
“Who’re you with?” Stephen requested Sonya. She then circled and confirmed the again of her jersey. But, Stephen admittedly was not so certain.
“After I made a shot, I noticed her arise and cheer and I noticed her in all Portland gear,” Stephen stated. “It’s simply bizarre. It’s most likely extra nerve-wracking for them when it comes to simply attempting to get settled into what this sequence goes to imply.”
To date, it means the Warriors and Stephen are too dominant for Portland and Seth. Stephen had 36 factors whereas capturing 12-of-23 from the sphere and tying an NBA post-season document 9-of-15 mark from deep. Seth had solely three factors whereas going 1-of-7 from deep. So when Dell and Sonya noticed Seth come out of the Path Blazers’ locker room, they gave him a hug. Moments later, Sonya bantered with Stephen earlier than his post-game press convention.
“A unique gentle goes off whenever you see your brother throughout from you” Stephen stated. “We’re going to take pleasure in this expertise and it will likely be one thing to recollect, regardless of the way it finally ends up.”
Stephen and Seth have carried out this ritual loads of occasions. They matched up in opposition to every countlessly as youngsters. They squared off head-to-head in 9 regular-season NBA video games. They competed on this yr’s 3-point contest throughout NBA All-Star weekend of their hometown of Charlotte, N.C.
Throughout these occasions, Stephen exerted his credentials as a two-time NBA function participant. Stephen outperformed Seth in factors (24.6, 8.0), capturing proportion (47.6, 36.9) and assists (7.1, 2.9) below vastly completely different minutes (33.2, 19.9). Stephen completed second on this 3-point contest, whereas Seth was eradicated within the first spherical. Nonetheless, Stephen admitted this one felt completely different. As Stephen stated, “on this stage, attempting to chase a Finals look, it’s fairly surreal.”
In equity to the sport, Stephen and Seth didn’t have many surreal moments. Stephen bit on one among Seth’s pump fakes earlier than he clanked a jumper. Apart from that, the siblings didn’t produce many memorable on-court moments collectively.
Many of the consideration centered on Dell and Sonya within the stands. Not solely did TV cameras lock in on them. So did Stephen.
“I caught myself a pair occasions trying up within the stands at my dad and mom,” Stephen stated. “They will’t assist themselves. So any time both of us did one thing good, they each had been clapping. So that they obtained to repair themselves.”