Following a triple overtime win Sunday night, the Cleveland Cavs are just one game away from playing in the NBA Finals. Throughout the playoffs, Cavs role player Matthew Dellavedova has developed a name for himself.
The Aussie is being accused of being a dirty player because of thee incidents that have taken place in the playoffs.
The third play happened Sunday night, during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Dellavedova and Hawks big man Al Horford were battling for a rebound. Dellavedova fell onto Horford’s leg, with Horford retaliating by elbowing Dellavedova. Cavs won 114-111 in overtime.
Lebron says that talk of his teammate being a dirty player is overstated.
“In Game 2, when (Pero) Antic two‑hand shoves me out of the air. The fact that I’m still playing, we don’t talk about it, but he two‑hand shoves me in the air,” James said. “So what are we really talking about?
“Are we going to talk about us trying to win basketball games or about those guys trying to figure out a way that Matthew Dellavedova is this type of … this guy, he works his tail off every single day. He beats the odds, and he comes to play as hard as he can every single night. If they’re focused on Delly, then they’re focused on the wrong thing.
“I’m a little bit off about it because this is my guy, this is my teammate, and this is a guy that goes out and works his tail off every single night, and people are trying to give him a bad rap. He doesn’t deserve it, and I don’t like it.”
Is Dellavedova just the latest NBA player to take on the role as agitator/enforcer, or is he a dirty player?