CLEVELAND — The banged-up Cavaliers have yet another bruise — or two.
Scrappy guard Matthew Dellavedova, who has emerged as an unlikely star during this postseason, was hospitalized early Wednesday after suffering from severe cramps after Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Dellavedova scored 20 points and played 38 minutes in Cleveland’s 96-91 win over Golden State on Tuesday night as the Cavs took a 2-1 lead in the series. Dellavedova has been starting in place of All-Star Kyrie Irving, who broke his kneecap in Game 1 and was just discharged from the Cleveland Clinic following surgery.
The Cavs said Dellavedova received IV treatments at Quicken Loans Arena after the game then was taken by ambulance to the hospital for further procedures. A team spokesman said Dellavedova, who walked to the ambulance under his own power, was cramping in “multiple areas.”
It’s not known if Dellavedova remains in the hospital. The team said it will provide an update on the 24-year-old Australian at or “shortly before” an afternoon practice at the arena.
Also, guard Iman Shumpert is expected to undergo imaging tests on his left shoulder, which he bruised in the first quarter.
As is his style, Dellavedova came up with several loose balls in Game 3 by diving on the floor, and he flattened a chair while soaring over Cleveland’s bench while hustling on one play.
“He’s going to throw his body all over the place,” LeBron James said. “He gave everything’s he’s got.”
Dellavedova’s medical issues are nothing new to the Cavs, who are playing without Irving and forward Kevin Love. Love is also out for the season after hurting his shoulder in the opening round against Boston.
Shumpert hurt the same shoulder he dislocated earlier this season that sidelined him for six weeks.
Shumpert ran into a clean screen set by Golden State’s Draymond Green in the first quarter. He was taken to the locker room for treatment, returned but played with virtually one arm for the rest of the game.
James said it was inspiring to see Shumpert keep playing.
“When he came back on the floor with his shoulder wrapped and knowing that he wasn’t at 100 percent, it means everything to the team,” James said. “It means everything to me. It means everything to him as well. But we just can’t afford any more injuries. We’re already depleted.”