Meet the SC Splash Brothers
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- This story had legs all the way back in November.
As the NBA and NBA D-League seasons were preparing to tip off, the Golden State Warriors were gearing up for another promising year from the sharshooping tandem of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, lovingly referred to as the Splash Brothers. About 65 miles south, playing for Golden State's NBA D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, Seth Curry and Mychel Thompson, the brothers of the aforementioned duo, found themselves teaming up as well.
And now that Golden State is in the middle of a Playoff run and Santa Cruz has made a return trip to the NBA D-League Finals, the story has reached a crescendo.
In the deciding Game 3 of the seminfinals versus Rio Grande Valley, the Santa Cruz pair combined for 53 points on 23-for-37 shooting.
So what makes the Currys and the Thompsons click?
"I think we both have a pretty high basketball IQ so we're both able to read the defense and we both can shoot pretty well, so we just try to make plays when we're out there," Thompson said.
I guess it's that simple.
Another strong angle in this all-too-perfect story is the relationship between Golden State and Santa Cruz.
At the last Santa Cruz home Playoff game on April 17, Golden State players Hilton Armstrong, Jordan Crawford, Draymond Green and Nemanja Nedovic showed up to support Santa Cruz.
And the Santa Cruz players returned the favor.
"When we're on the road we watch (Golden State) all the time and we have the group chats and group texts going because it's fun to talk during the games like that," Curry said. "(Mychal and I are) both watching our brothers and excited for them right now."
Game 1 of the NBA D-League Finals is Thursday (9:30PM ET, CBS Sports Network) from Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz. Not far north, Game 3 of Golden State's series with the LA Clippers will tip an hour later.
"It's a great time in the bay right now: Santa Cruz, Oakland, San Francisco and all that," Curry said.