Dellavedova Who?

Published on 16-May-2015 by Towner Park

Basketball - NBA    NBA Daily Review

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Dellavedova Who?

Will the real Matthew Dellavedova please stand up?

Unlike Slim Shady, aka Eminem, most of this country west of the Rockies don't know who Matthew Dellavedova is.

However, dude was a legend for Saint Mary's and a four-year thorn in Gonzaga's side as one of the more productive pieces to come through Gaels' coach Randy Bennett's Australian pipeline.

Here's one of his crowning glories from 2012:

Kyrie Irving is by far the most noteworthy point guard in the city of Cleveland. He cemented his reputation well before LeBron James decided to do the prodigal son thing.

Dellavedova, though, is the unsung hero. A backup to Irving's A-list status. A 24- year-old who only managed 4.8 points and 20 minutes per game during the regular season.

When Irving dramatically went down, re-aggravating his knee, someone had to step in.

Dellavedova more than just filled Irving's empty minutes. He propelled the Cleveland Cavaliers to a lopsided 94-73 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night at the United Center.

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Micheal Jordan was probably shaking his head in disgust and questioning why a backup was making Derrick Rose look inferior.

19 points. 3-6 from 3-point land. Dellavedova was exceptional when the Cavs least expected it but desperately needed it.

Sure, LeBron was one rebound away from a triple-double, but he looked fatigued and his offensive output was mediocre: 15 points on 23 shots in 39 minutes.  

Somebody get that dude some water!

James just made his fifth straight Eastern Conference Finals, courtesy of his supporting cast.

Tristan Thompson deserves a new car for his 17-rebound masterpiece, but it's Dellavedova who deserves his own private yacht after stepping up when the rubber met the road.  

An entire continent Down Under knew that's what he does. So did the Left Coast of this country.

Now the rest of the nation is catching up.