Stephen and Seth Curry are set to become the first brothers to ever face one another in an NBA conference finals series, but the more experienced of the two appears to be treating his baby bro like just another opponent.
Following the Portland Trail Blazers’ thrilling win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 on Sunday, Seth Curry said he received a very simple text message from Steph.
Seth Curry says Steph texted him after the game today and said, “I’ll see you Tuesday.”
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 12, 2019
Seth is a bench player for Portland, so it goes without saying that Steph will make a bigger impact on the series. While it’s not as if the two brothers are going to square off against one another the way Kevin Durant and LeBron James would, the storyline is still a great one.
Steph may not want to make a big deal out of facing Seth, but you know their parents are geeked about it. In fact, they have already come up with a system for picking which son to root for. This should be fun for the Curry family.
With the Portland Trail Blazers having come back from 17 points down to beat the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Seth Curry and his older brother Stephen will now be facing each other in the Western Conference Finals. That could make rooting a bit awkward for their parents, but it sounds like the Curry family has already figured out a system.
After Portland’s thrilling win, Sonya and Dell Curry told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that they are planning to flip a coin to decide which parent roots for which son. They will also choose their gear accordingly.
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
This is obviously an exciting time for the Curry family, as Steph and Seth will become the first brothers to ever face each other in a conference final.
— ESPN (@espn) May 12, 2019
The Golden State Warriors actually consulted Sonya for advice on solving an issue Steph was having earlier this postseason, so Mrs. Curry may have to serve as a consultant for both teams in the Western Conference Finals. Personally, I think Sonya and Dell should be pulling for Seth. Steph is a three-time NBA champion and two time NBA MVP. What ever happened to sharing the wealth?
Chris Paul and the Rockets say the reports of Stephen Curry being kicked off the Toyota Center court before Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals have been overblown, but Curry’s reaction seems to indicate there was more to it than the Houston side is letting on.
Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic reports that Warriors team manager Eric Housen booked some time from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Toyota Center court prior to Game 4 so Curry could work on his shot. When Paul found out about the practice session, he supposedly showed up and gave Curry the boot so he could work on his own shot — even after Curry offered to stick to one half of the court.
Paul and others with the Rockets have disputed that Curry was kicked off the court. Houston developmental coach Irv Roland told Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle on Saturday that there were no issues and that Paul and Curry even joked with one another.
“When we finally went out there, Stephen cracked a joked with Chris. Chris said ‘let him shoot.’ It wasn’t like it was a confrontation. ‘Let him shoot. Let him finish what he’s doing,’” Roland recalled. “We didn’t kick him off the court. We didn’t even say anything. I wanted to know how long he was shooting because I had Chris with Michael Frazier and James Harden coming right after Chris. I wanted to know how long he was going to be before James left the house.”
It certainly would not be a surprise if the media blew the story out of proportion, but how do you explain Curry’s reaction after the Warriors closed on the series with a win in Game 6 Friday night? As he made his way to the locker room following his 33-point explosion in the second half, Curry triumphantly said, “Kick me off the court again, boy!” Draymond Green got in on the fun by shouting, “Kick him off! Kick him off!”
The feeling around this Warriors team right now is almost like they just won a title. They were up against it, & they knew it. One of the best wins of their entire run. pic.twitter.com/z61lwq1BTB
— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) May 11, 2019
There were more than a few heated moments during the series between Golden State and Houston, so perhaps Curry used whatever incident took place before Game 4 as motivation. Even if the situation did unfold the way the Rockets claim, Curry clearly held onto it.
Stephen Curry rebounded from one of the worst first halves of his career Friday night to lead the Golden State Warriors back to the Western Conference Finals, and it’s fair to say his peers weren’t surprised in the least.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both paid tribute to Curry after he scored 33 points, all in the second half, in his team’s 118-113 win.
NEVER underestimate the heart of a Champion‼️‼️
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 11, 2019
Y’all better stop disrespecting @StephenCurry30 just because he’s a team first guy and is willing to sacrifice in moments doesn’t mean he’s not still a beast.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) May 11, 2019
Curry was grateful for the support from both players.
Stephen Curry on tweets from LeBron & Wade after hearing criticism early in series: "I've heard a lot of noise this series. I'll just leave it at that. I know what I'm capable of. I don't need any extra motivation. My confidence never wavers. Champions recognize champions."
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 11, 2019
It wasn’t just the first half that gave Curry issues on Friday. He’s been shaky for large portions of the series. As James and Wade noted, however, he’s a champion, and he stepped up when his team needed him most.
The Golden State Warriors need to find a way to win one more game against the Houston Rockets without Kevin Durant, and naturally they will look to one of their other superstars to step up now that their hottest scorer is out. With that in mind, Stephen Curry insists he is not feeling any added pressure to produce.
While speaking with reporters in advance of Game 6 on Friday, Curry said he is not approaching things any differently without Durant than he would with him.
Steph Curry and to what extent he puts the burden on himself without KD pic.twitter.com/2tohPbReTq
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 10, 2019
“I always feel like that, no matter what the situation is,” Curry said when asked if he feels a great weight on his shoulders. “That might manifest itself in different ways. It doesn’t mean you have to go out and shoot 30 or 40 times. It’s just being aggressive and doing what you need to do to help your team win. … I didn’t wake up today with extra weight on my shoulders or anything like that. I feel like that every single day.”
Durant has been easily Golden State’s best player in the postseason, as he’s averaging 33.2 points per game against the Rockets and 34.2 for the playoffs. Curry, on the other hand, has struggled in the series against Houston and hit just over 39 percent of his shots. He’s shooting 26.2 percent from three-point range.
While you can understand Curry’s point that he wants to play better regardless of Durant’s status, the difference is the Warriors may need him to play better now. We included him on our list of players who need to step up in the postseason for a reason, and Golden State needs him now more than ever.
Three of the four NBA conference semifinal series are set to go at least six games, and it’s made for very exciting viewing for fans. It also means the stakes are high, and there’s little margin for error for players in each series. That’s especially true for key players, some of whom were huge parts of their organization’s regular season success but aren’t quite replicating it during this round of the playoffs.
Here is one player from each team still standing who needs to step it up if he wants to give his side the best possible chance of advancing.
Eric Bledsoe, Bucks
The Bucks are humming along just fine against the Boston Celtics, but some added firepower from Bledsoe could really seal their opponent’s fate. Bledsoe was a nice auxiliary option for Milwaukee during the regular season, and while not a great shooter, he shot a decent 33 percent in the regular season from three-point range. In the Eastern Conference semifinals, he’s gone just 4-of-16 — good for a .211 mark. His points per game have dropped as well, and the Celtics would probably struggle to overcome a steady game from him if the rest of Milwaukee’s weapons are firing, too.
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Steph Curry is not blaming his finger injury for a bad shooting night in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Curry went just 7-for-23 from the field and scored 17 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 126-121 defeat against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. There was some speculation that the finger he dislocated in a Game 2 win was bothering him.
Curry, who had his fingers taped on his left hand, was asked after the game whether the injury was a factor. He said no.
After Game 3 loss to Rockets, Warriors' Stephen Curry shakes off a question about his dislocated finger messing with his finishing: "If I'm on the court, I have to produce."
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 5, 2019
Fans don’t like hearing excuses from players, and Curry is not giving them that. For the series, he’s averaging 18.3 points per game on 36.5 percent shooting — hardly his best abilities.
Even if he is being bothered by his finger, you can’t really blame that for his botched dunk. He’s just off in general, but knowing him, he’ll get back on track.
Game 4 of the series will be on Monday in Houston with Golden State leading 2-1.