The Cleveland Cavaliers are defying all odds of putting up a contest to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. After losing all star forward Kevin Love in round 1 of the playoffs and now all star Kyrie Irving in game 1 of the finals, one would think the Cavaliers were done. Time and time again, the Cavaliers have come back stronger.
Irving was lost for the playoffs in game 1 of the finals, a game the Cavaliers would lose. Since then, the Cavs have won two in a row including 1 on the road in Golden State. The Cavaliers now head into game 4 at home with a 2-1 series lead, essentially in the drivers seat of the series.
LeBron James has been spectacular, as expected. He has consistently put up triple-doubles throughout the series showing he’s willing to do whatever it takes in order to get a win. Another player that has stepped up for the Cavaliers is Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova. The second year player out of Saint Mary’s is filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving and has been all over the floor and playing stellar defense on Golden State point guard Stephen Curry, the league MVP. Dellavedova, undrafted, has carved a role out with Cleveland having played 21 minutes a night in the regular season. However, he’s now asked to play 32+ minutes a night and guard the NBA’s most lethal shooter. In Cleveland’s game 3 win, Dellavedova had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and the game winning free throws.
Tonight is game 4 of the finals. The game will again be in Cleveland and although Dellavedova spent some time in the hospital after game 3 due to cramps, he is expected to play. If Golden State can get both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson going from beyond the arc, this game should look a bit different from games 2 and 3. It’ll be interesting to see if Golden State decides to switch things up and perhaps play more David Lee.