"I will be ready for whatever the team needs," Dellavedova said when asked about the possibility of starting. "It will probably mean a lot more minutes so I might have to adjust my game a little there, but not too much."
Though Irving is the Cavs' second-leading scorer, it was Dellavedova who came up big in the team's closeout win over the
"Delly has done great work for us all season coming from the bench and he has started other times during the season," Cavs coach David Blatt said. "He's been a consistent rotation guy for us and he's a dependable and high character guy that gives us an awful lot. We believe in him, our guys believe in him and he's ready."
Dellavedova was called upon for an extended role after Kyrie Irving suffered a knee injury in the first half, and the bench player wound up starting the second half and playing 34 minutes in all. His 19 points were more than he scored during the rest of the postseason or regular season.
The Cavaliers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the winner of the series between the Hawks and Wizards.
After reviewing the incident, the NBA has given
Dellavedova was knocked to the floor by Bulls forward Taj Gibson during the fourth quarter of Game 5. While on the ground, Dellavedova wrapped his legs around Gibson's leg, which led to an altercation. Gibson was ejected for his involvement, which was not downgraded.
A shoulder strain has kept Irving out of the last two games. In 56 games, Irving is averaging 21.7 points and 5.2 assists. Guard
The Cavaliers are 11-point favorites.
Dellavedova was one of three Cavs with double-doubles on the night, joining
Dellavedova hit just five of 18 shots in the game to reach his scoring total, including a one-of-eight performance in the second quarter.
The Cavs next play at the Rockets, Sunday.
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|Career Shooting Stats|
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|College Career Shooting Stats|
|2009-10||St. Mary's (CA)||34||1236||121||310||39.0||74||186||39.8||96||113||85.0||412||12.1|
|2010-11||St. Mary's (CA)||34||1199||142||340||41.8||68||181||37.6||104||118||88.1||456||13.4|
|2011-12||St. Mary's (CA)||33||1236||157||352||44.6||60||169||35.5||138||161||85.7||512||15.5|
|2012-13||St. Mary's (CA)||35||1273||170||421||40.4||86||225||38.2||127||149||85.2||553||15.8|
|More College Stats|
|2009-10||St. Mary's (CA)||34||1236||85||2.5||153||4.5||40||1.2||0||0.0||67|
|2010-11||St. Mary's (CA)||34||1199||86||2.5||180||5.3||42||1.2||1||0.0||80|
|2011-12||St. Mary's (CA)||33||1236||90||2.7||212||6.4||28||0.8||2||0.1||96|
|2012-13||St. Mary's (CA)||35||1273||95||2.7||223||6.4||40||1.1||4||0.1||99|
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