The most intriguing subplot of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals is the Tale of Two Currys — Stephen and his Warriors take on his little brother Seth and the Trail Blazers — that portends the best and the worst of times for their parents.
Dell and Sonya Curry’s exhilaration of knowing their sons are the first brothers in NBA history to face each other in a Finals series gave way to the realization that they’ll need to play favourites.
One parent will root for Steph, the other will root for Seth.
They even came up with a fool-proof way to determine which kid they’ll each root for — a flip of the coin.
Dell told reporters that they’ll flip a coin well before Tuesday night’s Game 1 of the series at Oracle Arena.
If it lands on heads, the Currys’ mom wears Blazers gear and roots for Seth and Dell roots for Steph and the Warriors.
If it is tails, mom dresses the part and roots for the Warriors while dad becomes a Blazers fan for the night.
They’ll repeat this practice before each of the Warriors-Blazers games. There is, however, one detail the parents have yet to resolve.
“We have to flip to see who flips first,” Dell said while laughing.
“There’s going to be a lot of coin flipping going on.”
(Sydel Curry, the boys’ little sister, will have no such rooting dilemma in this series. After all, she’s married to Steph’s Warriors teammate, Damion Lee).
“I normally don’t get nervous for games when either one of them plays,” Dell said.
“But I got a little nervous knowing how they’re going to play against each other.”
Dell also said it won’t be easy for Steph and Seth to go after each other on the court.
“It’s going to be tough to put everything aside and battle each other because as siblings they want each other to do well,” Dell said.
“They watch each other’s games and cheer for each other.”
After the Blazers beat the Nuggets in Game 7 of their semifinal series on Sunday, Seth Curry said it didn’t take long for him to hear from his big brother.
“(Steph) texted me right after the game,” Seth told reporters.
“He said, ‘I’ll see you Tuesday.’ I’m looking forward to it.”
For Seth, a backup guard for the Blazers who is averaging 5.4 points per game while playing roughly 20 minutes per night in his first time playing in the postseason, this series against his superstar big brother is a dream.
It also offers him a chance to one-up Steph.
While the Warriors and Blazers split their four-game series during the regular season, Steph bested Seth in the All-Star Game’s 3-point contest three months ago in their hometown of Charlotte, N.C.
Could he and the Blazers pull the upset and beat the Warriors? Well, he’s just happy for that opportunity.
“So many years I’ve watched Steph play in the Western Conference final, the NBA Finals, being in the crowd,” Seth said.
“It’s going to be fun to be out there on the court, competing for the Finals.
“It’s a dream come true for us two, obviously, but our family’s going to have a lot of fun as well.”
No matter which Curry they wind up rooting for.
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