CLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said Wednesday that guard Matthew Dellavedova is relied upon to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, yet recognized that the second-year guard’s “tank is low.”
Dellavedova was taken to the Cleveland Facility after Game 3 for treatment for extreme cramping and obliged an IV. He’s since been discharged and says he’s now thinking in regards to Game 4.
“I was [in the hospital] for a little bit, but mainly just to rest up and recover,” Dellavedova said. “We all take it pretty easy [Wednesday] just to get our treatment, and we’ve watched tape and things like that. So, yeah, I’ll be ready to go [Thursday].”
Dellavedova, who has risen as something of a society legend in these Finals in light of his energized, all out style of play, scored 20 points and had five rebounds and four assists with the Cavs’ 96-91 Game 3 triumph Tuesday night to give Cleveland a 2-1 series lead.
“Delly, clearly, experienced some fatigue,” Blatt said. “I don’t know whether to call it dehydration or something else, however the tank is low, and we’re doing all that we can to top it back off.”
Blatt offered some fascinating knowledge when inquired as to whether Dellavedova would be constrained in Game 4.
“I told him I was going to limit his minutes, and he said, ‘No, you’re not,’ ” Blatt said. “Look, we’ve got to be realistic and keep our eyes on him and see how he recovers. He emptied the tank last night.
“Hopefully, in the ensuing 48 hours he’s going to be able to catch up and to get back up to par, so to speak, in terms of his body. … I’m not going to come in there with a specific minute restriction, but we’ll definitely be conscious of it.”
As to Shumpert and his harmed left shoulder, Blatt said the guard experienced a X-ray and it was good as it could be trusted.
“He has a wounded shoulder and its agonizing, yet luckily no genuine harm, and that is ridiculously uplifting news,” said Blatt, who anticipates that Shumpert will play Thursday.