After Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving went down with a fractured kneecap late in Game 1, Dellavedova has taken over as the Cavaliers starting point guard opposite Curry.
Curry, this season's MVP, has averaged 24 points through the first three games. He struggled for the majority of Game 3 before shooting 5 for 8 from three and scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter, but Cleveland won to take a 2–1 lead in the series.
Asked about Dellavedova's defense on Curry, Mychal Thompson, who played in the NBA from 1978 to 1991, said:
“Dellavedova, he couldn’t stop Steph if Steph was asleep. Steph is that good of an offensive player, that great of a shooter, that great of a ballhandler. Giving him credit for stopping Steph Curry, people who are doing that don’t understand that Steph Curry is one of those kind of guys: Kevin Durant, Kobe when Kobe was in his prime, there’s nothing to do with guys like them. They’re going to score. You just try to make it as difficult as possible for ’em. Dellavedova’s scrapping and he’s hustling, I give him credit for that, and he’s trying his little heart out. But no, come on, it’s a joke to think he can stop Steph Curry.”
Game 4 will be held on Thursday night in Cleveland.
- Molly Geary