In the modern day NBA, advanced stats and sabermetrics have emerged as a way to truly measure a player’s impact while he’s on or off the floor. Surprisingly, the Cleveland Cavaliers are up 2-1 on Golden State after losing Kyrie Irving to injury after Game 1.
While Irving certainly has the ability to create his own shot and befuddle the defense, there’s one thing he’s lacking in: Grit.
The pesky Aussie has shown a tremendous amount of hustle diving for loose balls:
Man that’s gritty. So gritty that ESPN even revealed a stat showing that nobody has spent as much time on the floor as Delly in the NBA Finals:
Matthew Dellavedova showed a lot of hustle in last night's win for the Cavs, particularly late in the game. pic.twitter.com/7nEOr8g5YF
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 10, 2015
Dellavedova was even hospitalized after Game 3 due to dehydration, but he’s good to go for Game 4 because well, grit:
So, I've been looking at your x-rays and it appears as if your bloodstream is entirely made up of gravel
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) June 10, 2015
All throughout the playoffs, Delly has been a noted agitator, getting in the head of Al Horford and Taj Gibson, who were both ejected after a few questionable flagrant fouls. And nothing has changed during the Finals (except the ejections) :
That’s not going to help his ‘dirty player’ reputation.
Anyways, whether the Cavaliers end up winning the title or not, they’re sure going to miss Dellavedova when the Knicks throw the max at him this summer. Until then, we’re all gritnesses.