How Dell and Sonya Curry Mastered Rooting for Both of Their Sons in Warriors-Trail Blazers Opening Game

Dell Curry, left, second row, and Sonya Curry, to his left, are used to rooting for their sons, Stephen and Seth, separately. What are they to do when the brothers are trying to win at the same time?(Credit: Jason Henry for The New York Times)

For the first time in N.B.A. history, brothers — Stephen and Seth Curry — are up against each other in a conference finals. This is tricky — for their parents.

Stephen Curry curled around Draymond Green into open space, comfortably separated himself from Portland’s Seth Curry and sank a 3-pointer from the left wing to stake the Golden State Warriors to an early 10-point lead.

In the first conference finals game in N.B.A. history to feature brothers, there was only one thing left for Stephen to do on his trot back to the other end: He directed the sort of mischievous gaze he has been known to flash at opponents’ benches up into the stands instead — right at his father, Dell Curry, and mother, Sonya Curry.

“Why is Steph looking up here?” Sonya said to her seatmates in Row 8 of Section 101 at Oracle Arena, breaking into a big smile in response to her son’s showmanship.

Sonya didn’t get the full explanation until after the Warriors completed a 116-94 rout of the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Deep down, though, she knew. Stephen was actively seeking her attention.

As Stephen later clarified on his walk to the postgame interview room: “I saw her up there cheering. I usually look up there, but it caught me off guard because I saw her Blazers jersey. She obviously didn’t know what I was saying, but I was yelling, ‘Who you with?’ after that shot.”

The answer, of course, is that Dell and Sonya were with both the Warriors and the Blazers on this first-of-its-kind evening — at least that was the plan. Immense pride tinged with a fear of the unknown was the prevailing emotion for the Currys as they uneasily tried to work out on the fly how to root for two teams at once with so much at stake for their sons.

Deciding what to wear to watch Stephen, 31, and Seth, 28, square off one series away from the N.B.A. finals, knowing fans worldwide were waiting to see, proved to be one of the easier hurdles. Michelle Brink, one of Sonya’s closest friends and a Portland resident, furnished the parents with half-and-half jerseys from both teams stitched together.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Marc Stein