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Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: Terry Stotts and Rick Carlisle reminisce

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Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: Terry Stotts and Rick Carlisle reminisce

DALLAS - Before the Trail Blazers and Mavericks tip-off at 4:00p.m. today on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'My Teams' App, both coaches gave their thoughts on today’s matchup and more with their pregame media availability.

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle discussed how he knew the moment Dallas hired, now Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, that Stotts would be an NBA head coach.

Carlisle knew Stotts was something special.

Just minutes after Carlisle was reminiscing about having Stotts on his coaching staff, Stotts interrupted the pregame press conference to come in and give Carlisle a hug and tell him happy birthday. Carlisle turned 60-years-old today.

The two had a nice embrace and then Coach Carlisle went back to chatting with the media.

Carlisle mentioned that he thinks Hassan Whiteside fits so well in Portland because Stotts and the Blazers coaching staff have done well with ‘classic big men.’
Hear from Coach Carlisle right here:

Today marks a reunion for the Blazers with former Trail Blazer Seth Curry. Coach Stotts discussed how he’s happy that Curry has found a home with the Mavericks once again, saying Curry having familiarity after previously playing for Carlisle really helps his offensive flow.

Stotts also believes because Curry is such a smart player and has gained more experience that his defense has been improving.
Hear from Coach Stotts right here:

Be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!

REPORT: Seth Curry agrees to deal with Dallas

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REPORT: Seth Curry agrees to deal with Dallas

Seth Curry is returning where it really all began.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that unrestricted free agent guard Seth Curry and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on a four-year deal.

According to the report, the deal will be for $32 million for the next four years.

Curry had signed a two-year contract with the Trail Blazers in free agency of 2018, which included a player option in the second year.

The 28-year-old had his ups and downs in Portland. On the season, he averaged 7.9 points on 45.6 shooting from the field and 45% from three-point range.

It was Curry’s time with the Mavericks in 2016 that Curry really blasted onto the scene. In 29 minutes of play, he averaged 12.8 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from three. His 2017 campaign was cut short with the Mavs, when Curry sustained a stress fracture to his lower left leg and underwent season-ending surgery. 

Now, at full health, Curry has a chance to win back his many admirers in Dallas with his long-range jumpers and elite three-point shooting. 

Most-likely Trail Blazer free-agent target: Enes Kanter

Most-likely Trail Blazer free-agent target: Enes Kanter

Free agency opens in the NBA Sunday afternoon and the Portland Trail Blazers, already into the luxury tax and with just the $5.7 million taxpayer mid-level to spend, are taking a knife into a gunfight.

There are hundreds of millions of dollars in cap space and exceptions out there, including 17 max-contract slots and really only about 10 top-tier free agents to fill them. Just like the summer of 2016, there are likely to be a lot of players overpaid this time around.

That doesn’t bode well for the Trail Blazers.

But keep in mind, just a couple of weeks ago, Portland had the 25th pick in the draft and Evan Turner. Since then, the Blazers have drafted Nassir Little, a consensus lottery pick, and traded Turner for Kent Bazemore, a defender with three-point shooting skill. So the summer is already off to a successful start.

It makes sense that while the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Knicks, Celtics and Raptors are fighting over the big names Sunday, the Trail Blazers will be going about their business trying to tie up one of their own free agents for that $5.7 million slot. Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood are much more likely to sign with the Blazers than most other free agents because they had a taste of Portland last season. They were comfortable with the system, their teammates, the culture of the franchise and the winning that they experienced last year.

Of those two, the most likely Portland target would be Kanter, who was originally acquired to be a backup center to Jusuf Nurkic, but became a solid starting center through the team’s run to the Western Conference finals. Kanter spoke highly of his time with the Blazers and he is shaping up as the team’s No. 1 target in free agency, to continue to fill Nurkic's spot. Hood would have been a top target until Bazemore was obtained, but there is a duplication of skills there with Bazemore.

That would leave the team’s expiring contracts free to be used later in a deal for a more high-profile player.

The Blazers will also need a minimum salary player to fill out the roster and Neil Olshey usually has that player identified early. Last year, you remember, he signed Nik Stauskas July 5 and added Seth Curry July 6.

Here’s a look at free-agent scenarios for the Trail Blazers:

BEST CASE: Enes Kanter doesn’t get some extravagant offer out of the gate from another team. If it’s close, I think there’s a good chance he’d choose Portland. But asking him to turn down big money over multiple seasons would not be fair. Best case – the popular center from Turkey will be back. With the team already in the luxury tax, I would expect Al-Farouq Aminu to be gone, with his market value somewhere around $10 million a year. Second-year guard Anfernee Simons is scheduled to move up into Seth Curry’s spot in the rotation and with Curry’s price going up, he will not be back, either. That leaves restricted free agent Jake Layman and the best-case scenario is that he doesn’t get an offer above $3-$4 million a year, and the team would probably match and bring him back.

WORST CASE: Kanter gets an offer of $40 million over four years from somebody and accepts it, leaving Portland to search for another center to hold down the fort for Nurkic. Then Aminu doesn’t find an offer at his asking price and the team re-signs him – which would probably end up with him starting again this season, effectively blocking Zach Collins from a starting role. I don’t expect that to happen, but it is the worst-case scenario long-term, for this team. Then Portland ends up having to fight teams with a lot more money for a free agent to fill that taxpayer mid-level slot. The end result of that would probably be having to pay a $3 million player $5.7 million to sign here.

What went wrong on Portland's wing this year?

What went wrong on Portland's wing this year?

The Portland Trail Blazers had the same fatal flaw this season that they had last season. And the season before that, and the season before that. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, embattled by double teams in the playoffs, were better this year at moving the ball before opponents could cause turnovers. But they needed the recipients of those passes — or the recipients of the passes from those passes — to knock down open 3-pointers.

They didn’t.

Portland had a wonderful season, and its strength was largely due to the rise in production by Jusuf Nurkic and the faith its bench unit had in each other. Both of those things were taken away in the postseason. Nurkic sat out with a broken leg, and with Terry Stotts shortening his rotation in the playoffs, the backups looked unsteady.

That put pressure on the Blazers’ high-minute wing players to perform. Moe Harkless, Evan Turner, Rodney Hood, and Al-Farouq Aminu were on the attacking end of plays where imbalances on McCollum and Lillard should have let them dominate. They got more open looks, and were in better positions during these playoffs.

In part, Portland used those gaps in the defense to punish opponents with passing. The ball moved more, particularly to the high post. The nail acted as a pivot point: cutters ran the baseline and collapsing defenders dictated whether a layup or a corner 3-pointer was the best shot available.

Aminu, with his trebuchet-style shooting form, hit just 24 percent of his corner treys, per Cleaning the Glass. Harkless knocked down 14 percent from the same area, an astonishing number. Turner took and hit a single three all postseason.

This resulted in defenses being able to clamp down a bit more on Hood and Seth Curry, the two known quantities as shooters. Portland’s designated bench gunners — both subject to taking above-the-break threes already — were more predictable and thus, easier to guard.

Hood shot 33 percent on non-corner threes, and his stats from deep ranked him in the 59th percentile for the playoffs at his position. Curry put up better numbers, but his game log was uneven. He played heavy minutes for the Blazers in the postseason but in 12 of 16 games played, Curry’s jumper accounted for either one or zero 3-pointers. Without volume, Curry’s effect was limited. With that limitation, Hood had to do the bulk of the bench 3-point scoring. It just wasn’t enough.

That’s without mentioning Turner, whose inability to shoot one again hurt the Blazers. Turner was brought in to relieve trapping pressure from Lillard and McCollum in 2016. It didn't quite go as planned, but this season Turner finally found his niche as the independent leader of the bench unit. That was a positive for the Blazers, but the reason why Turner wasn't able to act as a release valve for Portland’s stars remained.

That takes us back to Aminu and Harkless. The younger forward, who battled nagging injuries all season long, came on strong in the final two months of the year. Although his shooting suffered, he was an effective scorer and his offensive rating jumped in March and April. But Aminu was never a threat, and in the playoffs opponents often allowed him space to shoot so they could prevent Portland from dominating the offensive glass. As Harkless’ percentages in the postseason rounded out, eventually he was left more space, too.

At their core, the Trail Blazers need more wing shooting. They know that — it's why they’ve stuck with Harkless for so long. Where Aminu provides defense and others must make up for his lack of 3-point consistency, Harkless could provide both. He’s shown flashes of brilliance, including during his first season with Portland in 2015-16, when Harkless was exactly the player Neil Olshey wanted in the postseason. The Queens native was able to guard the best opposing wing player while also shooting effectively from 3-point range. He thrived as a cutter. He passed the ball.

This postseason, Portland was forced to revert back to their old ways. Harkless, Aminu, Turner, Curry, and Hood provided one or two skill sets when the Blazers really needed each to give them three or four. Their compartmentalization of tasks laid bare Portland’s biggest flaws, its lack of fluidity apparent when Stotts’ rotation shrank in the postseason.

There's no easy fix for what ails this team. The front office knows exactly what they are trying to get from the wing. This summer will perhaps be their biggest test, with both Harkless and Aminu’s status with the team up in the air. Whether by trade, draft, or free agency, Portland needs a more dynamic wing lineup. It’s now their most glaring weakness, and next season can’t be played with such large disparities created by the trade-offs in roster construction as it’s stood for the past few seasons.

The legend of Seth vs Steph in the Western Conference Finals

The legend of Seth vs Steph in the Western Conference Finals

The Portland Trail Blazers needed every advantage they could get in their Western Conference series against the Golden State Warriors, and in Games 2 and 3 it looked early on like one of the answers might just be Seth Curry and his lifetime of experience playing older brother Stephen Curry. 

No doubt Blazers fans will remember Game 2 fondly, and the legend of Curry vs. Curry has already started to grow. But just how much did little brother actually bother big brother?

The initial results aren't great. Stephen Curry scored a combined 73 points in Games 2 and 3, and his assist totals, field-goal shooting, and plus/minus was stellar. 

But the younger Curry did get his digs at big bro, and all of Seth's steals in Game 3 came against Steph. 

So what should we really think about the family rivalry that budded in the Western Conference Finals in 2019? How much did Seth throw his MVP sibling off his game?

Watch the video above to see the full breakdown and the verdict.

 

Seth Curry reflects on losing to Steph, shares funny Game 4 moment

Seth Curry reflects on losing to Steph, shares funny Game 4 moment

Steph Curry is headed to his fifth straight NBA Finals.

Seth Curry is headed home for the summer.

The Warriors finished off their sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference finals on Monday night, and await the winner of the Bucks-Raptors Eastern Conference finals.

Moments after overtime ended in Game 4, the Curry brothers shared a hug and exchanged jerseys before going their separate ways.

"Get it framed or something," Seth said when asked what he will do with Steph's jersey. "Definitely a special way to commemorate this series and this time. Like I said, I don't know if we'll ever be able to match up at this stage of the playoffs ever again, so it was a special time for both of us and something we'll always remember."

While there was quite a bit of chatter between the brothers on the court during the series, they likely won't talk for a while as Seth gets over the sting of his season ending. But once the NBA Finals are over, you can bet the two will get together and reflect on the experience of playing each other.

"I'm sure we'll talk about it," Seth told reporters in Portland after the game. "But just being able to match up against him and the Warriors, it's what you want as a competitor, and having it be against my brother makes it even more special for my family and something we'll remember for a long time. We don't know if this will ever happen again, so we just try to soak it in and compete at the same time."

In a high-pressure situation, the brothers were able to share a laugh. Steph went to the free throw line with 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, a situation he had been automatic in. Curry entered Game 4 having made 81 consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter or overtime of a playoff game.

Then he missed the first free throw and immediately turned to point at Seth. But it wasn't the younger brother who had something to say this time.

"Nah, actually he said something to me," Seth said. "He laughed [and said] 'Well, there you go.' He remember from a few games ago when I said he made however many in a row in the fourth quarter. Nah, it was just a funny time."

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Seth is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so he may not be back with Portland. Maybe he'll end up on an Eastern Conference team and the Curry brothers can meet in an NBA Finals.

For now, the brothers can cherish this moment, even if it ended bitterly for the younger one.

Meyers Leonard’s special moment came in Western Conference Finals

Meyers Leonard’s special moment came in Western Conference Finals

Adversity.

That is one word that comes to mind when reflecting on the Portland Trail Blazers 2018-19 season.

This year’s Trail Blazers squad has been through a lot. From owner Paul Allen passing away just three days before the regular season started, to losing Jusuf Nurkic to a season-ending leg injury with nine games remaining in the regular season.

The Trail Blazers have overcome a lot this season, but Portland was not able to overcome the willpower of the reigning champs, the Golden State Warriors, on Monday night. The Warriors took Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, 119-117 in overtime.

Portland did not go away quietly though.  

As the Trail Blazers captain Damian Lillard put it immediately following Game 4; guys stepped up throughout all the adversity. 

“We lose our owner [Paul Allen]. We dealt with injuries, CJ [McCollum] missed a lot of games at a crucial stretch in the season, and we just kept answering the call, and that takes a group of guys to maybe go from not playing minutes, stepping up, giving us good minutes, trusting each other, leaning on each other. It takes a real group to be able to come together in those hard times on more than one occasion, and I thought we did that,” Lillard said.

On Monday night, Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard stepped up in a big way for the second straight game after starting for the second consecutive game.

Leonard injected much-needed energy into the team, and into the Moda Center crowd.

“I just went out there and played confident,” Leonard said.

Playing with confidence is something Leonard has not always done. He will be the first to admit, it has been difficult for him to be self-assured on the court throughout his career.

For anyone who has not followed Leonard’s seven-year NBA career, it may be difficult to fathom that there have been times over the past few seasons that Trail Blazers fans have booed Leonard.

But, chants of “Meyers Leonard” erupted midway through second quarter of Game 4 after Leonard had already scored 20 points on the night.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was happy for his big man.

“Again, he, in the first half, was outstanding, 25 points,” Stotts said. “And, he was playing with confidence. He certainly had an impact on the game, much like Game 3, and again we needed him and he played well and I’m happy for him.”

Leonard had 25 points at the break and ended up finishing with a new playoff and regular season career-high 30 points. ‘The Hammer’ also pulled down 12 rebounds.

Monday night marked Leonard’s second double-double of his postseason career.

Another role player who had stepped up for the Blazers various times throughout the season and playoffs was Seth Curry.

Curry has preached all season long how his teammates know their roles and he continued to do so after the Blazers season had come to and end.

“Everybody worked hard, everybody did their job, everybody played their roles… Everybody in this locker room should be proud,” Curry said postgame.  

Curry also gave a lot of credit to Leonard.

“Meyers was great. He was great this whole series. He played with confidence. When he was left open, he knocked the shots down,” Curry said. 

“For a guy who didn’t play at times through the playoffs, to get his number called in the Western Conference Finals and show up like that says a lot about who he is,” Curry said.   

Leonard played a total of 61 regular season games this past season and played in 10 of the Blazers’ 16 postseason games.

But to quote Lillard, "it’s special" that Leonard was given his biggest opportunity in the Western Conference Finals.

“I think tonight was special.  I just remember in the first half, I looked up and in my mind, I remembered him just making a bunch of shots, and then I looked up and I was like, this dude got 25 points and I was like, he really killing right now,” Lillard chuckled.

“I think that just goes into what I said earlier, all season long, we have had things happen and guys have had to step up, and he’s a prime example of that,” Lillard said. “Not just this year, but over the last seven years, a lot of people have had a lot to say about him and what he doesn’t do and all those things… They get online and they say things and they don’t really know what goes on behind closed doors. They say things without knowing...knowing, but without taking into consideration that we’re people… They just beat you down, beat you down, beat you down, and I think he’s been through that.”

There’s no question, this Blazers team has a special bond and Leonard made sure to mention that postgame.

“Unfortunately our season is over, this is a very special team, guys that really care about each other and come to work every single day, ready to go,” Leonard said.

On the night the boos turned into ‘Meyers Leonard’ chants, the 2018-19 season’s playoff run came to an end. Yet, don’t forget the a confident Meyers Leonard could be the Blazers starting center for 2019-20 season with Nurkic not back from injury and Enes Kanter likely not on the roster.

Rip City might be chanting a lot more for Meyers next season.

Seth Curry reveals how he tried to trash talk Steph in Warriors' Game 2 win

Seth Curry reveals how he tried to trash talk Steph in Warriors' Game 2 win

Seth Curry tried to turn back the clock and play the role of pesky little brother on Thursday night. He did it well, too, stealing the ball from older brother Steph four times and scoring 16 points off the bench in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. 

Before the Warriors eventually escaped Seth's Blazers, 114-111, to take a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series, the younger Curry tried to distract his elder at the free throw. Good luck with that. 

"He [Steph] made the first one [free throw] and I told him that was like 70 in a row," Seth told reporters after the game. "I tried to jinx him a little bit. He was like, 'Alright, it's gonna be 72.' He made 'em both."

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"He tried to distract me at the free throw line in the fourth quarter," Steph said, "and I knew how to kind of go back at him to stay focused on what I needed to do." 

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Older brother Steph got the better of Seth in what was truly a battle of the Curry family that has their parents on an emotional roller coaster. The Warriors' star point guard scored a game-high 37 points and added eight assists and eight rebounds in the win. 

The brothers' next chance to one-up each other comes Saturday in Game 3 at the Moda Center in Portland.

Seth Curry “watches more basketball than anyone I've ever met”

Seth Curry “watches more basketball than anyone I've ever met”

OAKLAND – As soon as the final horn sounded in Denver and the Trail Blazers knew they were heading to the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, the real life ‘Splash Brothers’ instantly become one of the biggest storylines of the West Finals.

On Thursday night, younger brother Seth Curry not only stole the ball from his older brother Stephen, at times he also stole the show.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts went deep into his bench and it worked out well for a great majority of Game 2. Despite Portland holding a 15-point lead at the break, it all came down to the final seconds of the fourth quarter. The Warriors were able to get stops down the stretch and defeat the Blazers 114-111.

There was a lot to be encouraged by though after seeing the changes Portland made from Tuesday to Thursday. 

Portland played more aggressive on both ends and Seth Curry was a key piece on the defensive end.

Who knows Steph more than Seth?

Maybe their father, Dell?

One thing is for certain:  Seth is always up for the challenge of guarding his MVP brother, and after Seth’s performance in Game 2 he was pretty happy with his individual game.

“It felt good, it felt like I changed the game and put in more energy. I just made him work harder to get shots. I mean he is going to put numbers up, he is going to play well to try and change the momentum,” Seth said.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr mentioned postgame that both Seth and Rodney Hood were key pieces off the bench for Portland. Kerr also said he thought about the Curry family during the game.

“I thought of their parents at one point,” Kerr said. “Can you imagine watching your two boys go head-to-head in a playoff game and both of them hitting huge shots? It must have been an amazing night for Dell [Curry] and Sonya [Curry] and Sydel [Curry]. It's an incredible story to have two boys in the NBA, but particularly in the Conference Finals, playing head-to-head and knocking down all these big shots. That must be fun.”

In the loss, Seth tied his NBA playoff career-high with 16 points.    

He also came up with timely steals and clutch three-pointers down the stretch. Seth finished with four steals and went 4-of-7 from deep. 

Trail Blazer All-Star Damian Lillard recorded a team-high 23 points in the loss. Lillard feels that there is a little extra motivation for Seth when he’s going up against his brother.

“I mean, they're brothers,” Lillard said. “You know, for me having my own older brother, I know what it's like to go against your brother and what it means. You know, they both know there's going to be conversations about this at some point when this series is over and they're going to play like it.”

Coach Stotts isn’t sold on the idea though that Seth is more aggressive and gets pumped up more to play against his older brother.

“I'm sure that has something to do with it, but I think he's a basketball player who competes, you know, and we're in the Western Conference Finals and he wants to do well,” Stotts said. “He had a terrific game at one point before they went on the run, his plus/minus was like a plus 24. So he had a very good game. I'm sure having his brother out there has something to do with it, but I think it goes beyond that.”

Meyers Leonard, who played extended minutes in Game 2, described Seth’s night as “incredible.”

“Obviously, he’s very close with his brother. He’s been around this [Warriors] team at times… He watches more basketball than anybody I’ve ever met,” Leonard said with a smile.

Leonard, Curry, and Hood were bright spots off the bench for Portland in Game 2, but it’s apparently Seth who watches the most basketball of anyone on the team.

“Before our games, he’s always just watching his film or another NBA game,” Leonard said.

“I’m serious, the guy is always watching basketball and he’s always watching his brother or if he’s not playing, he’s watching a different game,” Leonard said. “If nobody is playing he’s watching his game film. The guy is very dialed and calculated when it comes to understanding the game of basketball.”

Leonard contributed on the offensive end down the stretch of Game 2 with seven points in the final quarter. The Blazers backup center also believes that Seth knows more about his brother and his game, and more about the Warriors as a team.

“He knows [the Warriors] well,” Leonard said. “Seth being able to stay in front of guys and pick their pocket… His awareness of what they want [to do] is, I would say, at another level… Not only that, but he’s a big shot maker and he was really effective tonight.”

Curry led the Blazers’ bench in points and in plus/minus with a plus-13. He also played the most minutes of anyone on the second unit with 29 minutes.

He may watch the most basketball of anyone on the Blazers squad and that was confirmed after Seth said he has seen every single one of Steph’s games since Steph entered the league in 2009.

“I don’t back down from anything. I feel comfortable matching up with him. I’ve seen every Warriors game in the past ten years, I’ve seen every Steph game. He’s not the only one that I feel like I know some things about,” Curry said.

Seth and the Blazers were all about making the Warriors uncomfortable in Game 2.

In fact, Steph said Seth was “a pest” to play against on Thursday, while Seth said it was all about creating havoc.

Seth noted the differences from Game 1 to 2, saying, “we wanted to put pressure on their bigs, and I was trying to work hard on the defensive end to create havoc. They felt a little comfortable in the first game. I don’t think they were threatened by us at all in Game 1 and we changed that in Game 2.”

Now it’s about the Blazers, along with the Moda Center crowd, making the reigning champs even more uncomfortable on Saturday night in Portland.

Curry brothers go toe-to-toe in Game 2, Seth makes impact, Steph wins

Curry brothers go toe-to-toe in Game 2, Seth makes impact, Steph wins

OAKLAND -- The Portland Trail Blazers locker room was quiet before Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Maybe it was focus. Maybe it was anger. 

Sitting alone in his locker stall sat reserve shooting guard Seth Curry. Reserve has a double meaning when it comes to the younger brother of NBA superstar Stephen Curry. He comes off the bench for Terry Stotts, but he’s also a bit of an introvert.

His annual trip to Oakland to watch postseason basketball this season came courtesy of a team plane. He’s staying in a five star hotel, not at his brother’s house and he’s wearing Blazers red and black, instead of hanging out in the family suite. 

“It’s a weird experience for me because I’m usually here hoping these guys win and hoping Steph plays well,” the younger Curry told NBC Sports Bay Area during pregame. “I’m flipping the switch now and I’m trying to knock him off. I’m just trying to focus in on my job.”

Older by nearly three years, Steph has all the hardware. He’s a two-time MVP and three time NBA Champion. He’s led the league in scoring and is widely considered the greatest long range shooter in NBA history.

“Being able to watch Steph and experience his journey over the past five years going to the Finals, the playoffs, whatever it is, I’ve just been able to watch his process and how he prepares for every series in the playoffs and how he blocks out game by game all the storylines, I’m trying to do it as well,” Seth said. 

The younger Curry has fought his way into the league. The 28-year-old spent time in the D-League and played for four teams before having a breakout season with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2016-17 season. 

He sat out last year with a stress fracture in his lower left leg and signed with the Trail Blazers on a one-year deal over the summer. His play this season has likely earned a longer-term deal next year, whether in Portland or somewhere else in the league.

Curry has carved out a niche as a spark plug off the bench. He has that Curry range, like his brother and his father Dell, who played 16 years in the NBA beginning in 1986. 

Seth knocked down 45 percent on the season from long range and boasts a career mark of 43.9 percent from distance. 

This is his first chance to make the postseason since joining the league during the 2013-14 season. His Portland team has shocked the NBA with their play in this year’s playoffs, but facing off against his brother and the star-studded Warriors was not exactly what he was looking for. 

“No, no, no, no,” Curry said when asked if he was glad his first experience was again his brother. “It’s a weird experience to be here for myself, but they’ve been the best team in the league for a long time. It’s not an easy road, that’s a tough team. It’s never fun playing against Step and these Warriors just matching up head-to-head. But if we can knock them off, it’d be even sweeter.”

Curry came into the night averaging just 5.2 points in 19.2 minutes per game. Starters Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have carried a ton of the scoring load throughout the postseason, but Golden State has done a nice job against the duo.

In Game 2, Curry was a difference maker early. He posted a +14 in 15 minutes during the first half of Thursday evening’s game. He was aggressive on both ends of the court as Stotts turned to a 3-guard small ball lineup. 

After the intermission, Stotts waited to turn back to Curry and paid the price. The Warriors quickly erased a 15-point halftime deficit and took a two-point lead with 2:01 remaining in the third. 

Curry entered the game and helped Portland get to the fourth quarter tied at 89-89. He continued his strong play in the final frame, leading the Blazers in scoring in the fourth with nine points on a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc. 

“Seth was incredible,” Klay Thompson said following the win. “He almost won the game for them. We got to do a better job on him. He had 16 points. That’s a huge impact, plus-13, se we got to try and eliminate his looks in the next game.”

Curry hit 5-of-9 from the field and added two assists in 29 minutes. On the defensive end, he picked up four steals, most of which came off of his big brother.

“It felt good, it felt like I changed the game and put in more energy,” Curry said following Portland’s 114-111 loss. “I just made him work harder to get shots. I mean, he is going to put up numbers, he is going to play well to try and change the momentum.”

The two brothers went at each other with the game on the line. Both hit tremendous shots, which helped their team, although the older, more experienced brother came out on top.

“I thought of their parents at one point,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “Can you imagine watching your two boys go head-to-head in a playoff game and both of them hitting huge shots?”

“It’s an incredible story to have two boys in the NBA, but particularly in the Conference Finals, playing head-to-head and knocking down all of these big shots. That must have been fun.”

Fun or gut wrenching. Dell and Sonya Curry have watched their sons battle in the regular season, but never in the playoffs. 

“This was like the coolest experience I think I've ever had playing against him,” Steph told media members following the Warriors win. “We talked about the stage and he was -- he was amazing tonight.” 

“You know, every minute he was out there defensively, he was a pest,” Steph added. “Made three big shots the fourth quarter that were very timely and for my parents, I know we talked about the whole series, and these last two games, it's probably nerve-wracking as heck for them, but it worked out perfectly tonight: He played well and we won.”

Seth and his Trail Blazers teammates need to regroup. They’ll travel home to Portland and prepare for another match up against the Warriors Saturday at Moda Center. They’re down 2-0 in the series, but they’re home crowd is sure to be raucous.