While Steph Curry and Golden State lost yet again at home to an inferior team, little brother Seth was tearing it up in Santa Cruz for the team’s D-League affiliate.
Seth and the Santa Cruz squad defeated the visiting Los Angeles D-Fenders 140-127 in the first-round of the D-League playoffs. The series is a best-of-three format and the next game will be played on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Los Angeles.
Seth scored 44 points (a franchise postseason record), and shot a ridiculous 75 percent (15-for-20) from the field including 9-for-14 from three-point range, also a franchise record for most three-pointers made in a postseason game.
140 points is also a new postseason record for points scored for Santa Cruz.
Seth Curry has played differently after his most recent NBA stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Most noticeable is his release, which is much quicker and more fluid since his return to the D-League.
When asked if his short time with Cleveland helped him in this regard he responded.
“That’s one of the things I worked on with the development guys in Cleveland,” said Curry. “Every day we worked on a quicker release and did some different drills.”
“I’m glad you noticed,” said Curry with a huge grin on his face.
Golden State updates: Kuzmic, Nedovic and … Scalabrine
— Ognjen Kuzmic finished strong after limited action in the first-half due to foul trouble. Santa Cruz coach Casey Hill credited Brian Scalabrine with Kuzmic’s immediate development.
“I told him and I’m sure Scal told him, ‘you can’t let your foul count affect your aggressiveness,” said Hill.
“He was much more aggressive and took the brunt of our rebounding issues on his shoulders.”
Kuzmic finished with a double-double, 15 points and 10 rebounds on 6-of-8 shooting.
— Nemanja Nedovic played in his first game since suffering a head injury while on assignment on April 1. While only playing 24 minutes, he scored 10 points on 2-of-3 from the floor and finished with a +13 rating.
— The D-League playoff format is different than that of the NBA. The top eight teams make the playoffs and the three division winners get to pick their first-round opponent from the remaining teams outside of the top four. Los Angeles, the No. 2 seed, chose Santa Cruz, the No. 6 seed as its first-round opponent.
— After a few hours to get over the loss to Denver, Steph congratulated Seth via Twitter.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 11, 2014
— Listen below to hear Seth Curry’s postgame interview about his incredible game.