CJ McCollum and his brother, Errick, are a rarity.
Growing up hooping, they challenged each other on the court.
Now, they both play professional basketball, with CJ in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers, and Errick having spent this past season with BC Khimki.
Over the last few years, their differing schedules have prevented Errick from seeing his younger brother play in person.
Until this year.
BC Khimki's season ended on May 13th. The NBA season shifted to later in the year due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Due to the condensed NBA season and early playoff games overlapping into May and June, it’s given Errick a rare opportunity to not only watch CJ play but watch in an elimination game with the Blazers having a season-high 10,000 fans.
CJ is currently averaging 20.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in their first-round series against the Nuggets.
Errick over the last few seasons has spent his summer either overseas or playing with Overseas Elite in The Basketball Tournament, which seen them four-peat from 2015 to 2018.
In case CJ McCollum and the Blazers needed a little extra motivation Thursday night.
If CJ goes off, this might be the reason why.