Steph and Seth Curry will become the first pair of brothers to face each other in an NBA conference finals series when the Warriors and Trail Blazers meet for Game 1 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. While it will be a first for the league, it's a situation the two brothers have found themselves in quite often throughout their lives.
Their father, Dell, played 16 seasons in the NBA. Older brother Steph was the first unanimous league MVP in league history. And the younger Seth has a better career 3-point percentage than both of 'em.
Had to make for some pretty competitive games in the backyard, right?
"He always loved Tracy McGrady. That was his favorite player growing up," Steph Curry said of his younger brother a day before Game 1. "Mine was Reggie (Miller). So it was kind of a little different era, but it was just back and forth, playing 1-on-1 ... It got pretty heated at times, like it does with brothers."
"He always accused me of cheating when I didn't give him foul calls and all that type of stuff," Steph continued. "So, pretty standard relationship in that sense."
What about as adults? Do those 1-on-1 runs still take place today?
"We haven't really got to play in the summertimes as much recently, because of injuries and surgeries and different schedules and all that type of stuff."
Ah, right. Real life. Injuries. Something both brothers can relate to.
Steph, of course, saw the early portion of his career derailed by ankle injuries. The younger Seth has had his own share of poor injury luck, missing all of last season recovering from a fractured tibia. It came at a particularly inopportune time, as Seth was destined for unrestricted free agency this past offseason.
Seth ended up signing a two-year contract with Portland in July, and he's been a value-find for the Trail Blazers. Seth averaged 7.9 points per game during the regular season and gave coach Terry Stotts another solid option at guard behind the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
It's not lost on Steph how far his younger brother has come in the face of adversity.
"(Seth)'s had a very interesting journey to get to where he's at, dealing with some significant injuries and surgeries as well," Steph said. "For him to just grind and understand that he belongs on this level ... his confidence in himself never wavered, and he works hard."
"It's been fun to watch him defy the odds in that sense," Steph continued, "and be who he is."
Just like Steph, Seth's rollercoaster journey has brought him to the Western Conference finals, Portland's first in 19 years. It's certain to be a memorable experience for the two brothers, but once the ball goes up, it's bound to feel like old times.