All the superlatives about Matthew Dellavedova "giving everything he had" may fall short of really expressing how hard the Australian scrapguard played in the Cavaliers' 96-91 victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals next to this startling fact: Dellavedova was literally taken to the hospital for severe cramping after the game.
From the Cavaliers:
"Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova experienced severe cramping tonight following Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland. He underwent a treatment process, including an IV, that prevented him from being available for media following the game. He will continue receiving treatment tonight at the Cleveland Clinic and his status will be updated tomorrow afternoon."
LeBron James glowed about his backup point guard who came up with 20 points in his second game starting for Irving in the Finals, saying "He's made of steel. He gives us everything until the tank is empty and he's got a little reserve."
Apparently that reserve ran out as well. Cramping has been a consistent issue for the Cavaliers, with Iman Shumpert and James both suffering from it against the Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Dellavedova left on a stretcher according to multiple eye witnesses, but the Akron Beacon-Journal reports that was precautionary, and Dellavedova walked to the ambulance.
We'll update you on Dellavedova's status for Game 4 when more news is available. For more on Dellavedova's superb performance, read Zach Harper's column from Quicken Loans Arena.