Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova literally gave it everything he had for his team in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.
The backup guard, who is starting in Kyrie Irving’s stead, scored 20 points and brought down five rebounds in Cleveland’s 96-91 win over the Golden State Warriors.
He also suffered extreme cramping during the 39-minute outing.
According to multiple media reports at the scene outside of Quicken Loans Arena early Wednesday morning, Dellavedova was taken to Cleveland Clinic for treatment:
The first report came from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:
The Cavs announce Delly experienced severe cramping in the game and required an IV. He's going to the Cleveland Clinic for more treatment.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 10, 2015
Local Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett then followed that up with more detailed information:
Strange scene: Walking out of Cavs Arena at 1:35 am and I see Matthew Dellavedova get on a stretcher and get taken away in an ambulance.
— Jim Barnett (@uograd66) June 10, 2015
This might not mean a whole lot on the surface, but it’s important to note that cramping can be more serious than most people think. In most cases, it’s brought on by severe dehydration. Considering he was already given an IV, it’s alarming that Dellavedova still had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
While this shouldn’t impact his status for Game 4 on Thursday night, it’s still something to keep an eye on.
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