Thud! …the all familiar sound of bodies falling down the floor. Moments later… thud! Another loose ball, as bodies falling everywhere in the court. Matthew Dellavedova was once again the culprit, as he made a great interpretation of a human bowling ball. To say that Delly is a dirty player is an understatement.
Watch Daymond Green setting up an illegal screen here, and watch how Delly reacted.
Al Horford got ejected after he purposely landed an elbow right into Delly’s midsection on their Eastern Finals matchup. Al deserved an ejection, but it was a mere reaction after Delly targeted Al’s weak legs.
Dirty, unsportsman or gritty, whatever it is, Matthew still came out effective.
Many months before, I bet nobody really know who Matthew Dellavedova is. In fact, nobody really cared. Being undrafted after a decent college career in St. Mary’s, the Australian native is the typical look and feel of a journey man – play scrappy minutes in the NBA and end his career playing overseas. As per ESPN, Delly has the lowest salary of any player in the finals earning to just about $816,000.
Cleveland clearly found a gem in a mountain of rough stones. This NBA finals, Matthew is the second-most important player next to Lebron and he’s earning way below than Golden States’ Ognjen Kuzmic or Justin Holiday who never got a glimpse of action in the playoffs. Delly deserves more than his salary, but nobody really expected him to be this good. His got a weird looking shot, and he sometimes look off-balance but what separates him from any other player is, he plays with his heart. If you bump me, I’ll bump you back… if you hurt me, I’ll hurt you back… That’s Delly’s mentality.
Lebron James said after their Game 3 victory “He’s going to give everything he’s got. His body, he’s going to throw his body all over the place. And he’s going to compete at a high level however many minutes he’s out on the floor.”
There are two type of players in the NBA, the first one are the superstars, these are the franchise players that any team would gladly pay salary cap sanctions just to get them. And then the role players, they are the ones who fills up the team and built around the superstars. So what do you call Delly? Who plays more than a role player and has become equally valuable to the team’s number one player, Lebron James. Delly serves as the x-factor of the team. Something not really showing in the stats but something that the players and the people watching the game clearly noticed. In Game 3 Delly scored 20 points, dished out 4 assists and had 5 rebounds. But it was Delly’s scrappy defense and grit that spelled the difference. When Stephen Curry had to work hard to get his shots and when Delly has more rebounds than the 6-foot-8 Harrison Barnes then that spells the difference.
Thud! And everyone looks up Delly. Except nobody’s body is lying in the floor. With all the deafening sounds of people celebrating and people shouting along the bleachers, one familiar sound stood out.
Thud! It’s the sound of Matthew Delladova’s heart.
Bigger than his 6-foot-4 and 200 pound body.
Bigger than the game.