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| June 10, 2015

Matthew Dellavedova interviewThe Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Golden State Warriors 2-1 in the 2015 NBA Finals. With Cavs guard Kyrie Irving out due to injury, Matthew Dellavedova has stepped in, played scrappy defense, and made a difference. Here are Matt Dellavedova interview quotes from media availability on the off-day between NBA Finals Games 3 and 4.

Question: I guess the major concern, I see you've got two cups of water there. Dehydration was the report. Take us through what happened after the game last night in terms of the medical side of things for you?

Matthew Dellavedova: Thanks for that. Just cramped up a little bit, and then they thought the best form of recovery would be just go to the hospital for a little bit, get an IV. So, you know, feeling pretty good and obviously trust the medical staff here. They do a great job. So, yeah, feeling good.

Q: You've become a little bit of a cult figure here. [And] back in the Bay Area they're having watch parties for Saint Mary's alum, for Cavalier fans, for you. Could you just speak to the people out there and your fans out in the Bay Area?

Dellavedova: I mean, Saint Mary's is a very special place to me. That's my home away from home. It means a lot that those guys are all still supporting me even though in enemy territory, so to speak. So it's pretty cool to know that that's there.

Q: Watching you and LeBron play now on court, you seem to have a great chemistry, did he have any conversations with you prior to the season about what he sort of expected from you this year? Or did that synergy just happen organically?

Dellavedova: He talked to everybody a little bit about what he expected out of the players and things like that. Then I think it's just kind of grown as the season has gone on, especially in the playoffs. But, yeah, I think most connections on the court happen organically, like you said, and just through experience and playing out there together.

Q: Would you take us through that shot you hit and you kind of [bumped] off LeBron's pick, and Curry was on your hip and you were falling, [etc]?

Dellavedova: Yeah, well, the shot clock was run down a little bit and LeBron threw me the ball and kind of set a pick-and-roll and just tried to turn the corner. Curry was on me. Yeah, kind of bumped me off balance and just put it up and banked it in.

Q. Did you call glass?

Dellavedova: Yep.

Q: How long were you at the hospital? How much do you expect to play [in Game 4]?

Dellavedova: I was there for a little bit, but mainly just to rest up and recover. We all take it pretty easy today just to get our treatment, and we've watched tape and things like that. So, yeah, I'll be ready to go...

Q: Did you have a chance to talk to Kyrie and what words of encouragement and advice did he give to you?

Dellavedova: Yeah, I saw Kyrie [Wednesday] morning, and he was in good spirits. So it was good to catch up with him. He's a hundred percent behind us and just said keep going.

Q: Can you just kind of describe what you went through physically [Tuesday] night, and have you ever had anything like this before? Have you ever played to the point of basically exhaustion?

Dellavedova: Well, I felt like I've pushed the limit a few times, but that's probably the tightest I've been. Yeah, no, I'm feeling good now though, so it's good we don't have to play back-to-backs.

Q: Is there anything you have to change in terms of either the types of fluids that you're drinking or the times that you're drinking them or the amounts to be able to kind of withstand the way you're playing and so forth?

Dellavedova: Yeah, I mean, we're doing a lot of things and trying to tick all the boxes in terms of hydration and nutrition and different forms of recovery. So it's something the training staff are talking to me about. Yeah, so we've got a few different things in place.

Q: Are you cutting out anything that's not like filled with electrolytes?

Dellavedova: Right now it's just getting as much fluids in as you can and just trying to eat a lot.



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