Arguably the two best backcourts in the game.
Damian Lillard returning to his hometown of Oakland, for what could be the final playoff series ever at Oracle Arena.
The potential returns of both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.
The Western Conference finals matchup is now set after the Trail Blazers eliminated the Nuggets in Game 7 on Sunday, setting up a matchup with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. The series offers plenty of reasons for intrigue, but there's one in particular that stands out for its historical rarity.
And it's bound to stress out every member of the Curry family.
In these Western Conference finals, Portland's Seth and Golden State's Steph Curry will become just the seventh pair of brothers in NBA history to face each other in an NBA playoff series.
This, however, will be the first-ever time two brothers have gone head-to-head in the conference finals.
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
Apparently, the elder brother was anticipating this outcome:
Seth Curry says Steph texted him after the game today and said, “I’ll see you Tuesday.”— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 12, 2019
It's a simultaneous best-and-worst-case scenario for Dell and Sonya Curry. One of their sons is guaranteed to play for the NBA championship. The other won't get the opportunity (this year, at least).
If you think that's tough, just imagine what Sunday would have been like had the Warriors not eliminated the Rockets in six games of their second-round series. Had that series gone seven games, their Game 7 would also have been on Sunday, forcing the Curry parents to divide-and-conquer in support.
Really nice postgame moment with Steph and his mom, Sonya. Had Steph’s Warriors gone to a Game 7, with Seth Curry’s Blazers already playing a Game 7 themselves, Sonya & Dell told me they were gonna have to split up, “AAU style” on Sunday. 😂— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 11, 2019
Now both parents can be in Denver. pic.twitter.com/1NSDeWZZtB
Luckily for the parents, the Warriors handled business in Houston, allowing them to be present for Seth's contributions to Portland's thrilling Game 7 road win in Denver.
You can be sure the Curry parents will be in attendance for all games of the Western Conference finals, however many there may be.
How they split up the team allegiances, though, is anyone's guess.