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OAKLAND – When the Warriors play the fourth and final game on their schedule this week they will toss Steph Curry right in the middle of a family dilemma.
Curry will be trying to beat up on his brother, Seth, when the Warriors and Kings meet Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
For the first time in Curry’s NBA career, his family will be rooting harder for someone other than him, as Seth is a member of the Kings. Not that Steph would mind.
“It’s a special moment for our family,” Steph Curry said late Friday night, after scoring 34 points to lead the Warriors to a 119-104 win over Denver.
Inasmuch as Seth, younger by 29 months, hasn’t gotten much playing time – 27 minutes through Sacramento’s first six games – Steph, as the league’s reigning MVP, presumes his little brother will get most of the Curry family love in the first NBA competition between the brothers, both of whom are guards.
“I guess since we have four games against him . . . it’s his home game so I’m sure they’re going for him,” Steph said, having noted that most of family members visiting California are staying in the Sacramento area.
Though Seth Curry emerged from the powerhouse Duke program – Steph attended tiny Davidson College – it is the younger Curry who has traveled the more difficult path to the NBA. He went undrafted in 2013 and has persevered through a series of 10-day contracts, outright releases and trips to the Development League.
Though he has played well when given the opportunity, there were moments when Seth couldn’t help wondering if his only chance to step out of Steph’s shadow and make a living at basketball was by accepting one of the numerous invitations to play overseas.
That he was able to avoid that is one more reason why Seth can expect most of the support Saturday. And why Steph could not be prouder.
“He found a way to challenge himself every day to get better, which is the biggest key for him,” Steph said of his brother. “Then in Summer League last year, he really proved he was a much better player than he was coming out of college, an NBA player, somebody who can help an NBA team.”
It was Seth’s terrific showing in the Las Vegas Summer League in July that moved Kings general manager Vlade Divac to offer a two-year contract worth $2 million in guaranteed money. Seth Curry is, after two vagabond years, finally in the NBA club.
“Seth’s been through a lot since he left Duke, and he finally found a home in the NBA,” Steph said. “We’ve got a lot of family that traveled out to be here tonight and tomorrow. All the family back in North Carolina will be watching.”
And while Steph surely wants to lead his team to victory, he has perspective on the moment and hopes to share the court with Seth, as well as the evening with most of his family. The third Curry sibling, sister Sydel, will be absent because she has her own athletic commitment, a volleyball game with her team at Elon University in North Carolina.
Seth Curry had played 12 minutes through the first five games, but logged 15 minutes Friday night in a loss to Houston. He finished with 8 points on 3-of-4 shooting, including nailing both 3-pointers he shots.
“He got some minutes (Friday), and made some plays,” Steph Curry said, grinning. “So hopefully he’ll get some minutes (Saturday).”