Dellavedova ditching game time coffee habit to perform Thursday

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CLEVELAND – Cavs guard and Finals star Matthew Dellavedova said Thursday he’s ditching his game time coffee habit in an effort to stay hydrated. Dellavedova was hospitalized with severe cramping due to dehydration following Tuesday’s game.

Dellavedova said the hospitalization was simply to maximize his recovery following a stunning performance. His treatment included receiving intravenous fluids. Since then, Dellavedova said he has received  massages and has been eating well, drinking plenty of fluids and stretching.

“Just trying to make sure I do everything I can to give myself the best chance,” he said.

Dellavedova said he typically drinks coffee both before and during games, but will avoid that Thursday because the highly-caffeinated beverage can lead to dehydration.

“I think having 20,000 screaming fans is probably a little bit stronger than a coffee,” he said when asked if he expects the ritual disruption will affect his performance.

Dellavedova also told Fox 8 he listens to music, including fellow-Australian Vance Joy, in the locker room to get psyched up before games.

Dellavedova’s fame continues to grow in Cleveland and beyond. Jerseys were sold out inside the Cavs team shop Thursday afternoon. Online sports retailing giant Fanatics said Dellavedova jerseys were the top selling in the NBA Wednesday. More of his jerseys have sold during the Finals than in the entire 6-month regular season, the web site reported.

Australian journalists in Cleveland to cover the Finals said Delly is dominating headlines in his native country. His hometown is even renaming its basketball arena “Dellavedova Dome.”

“Australians love an underdog,” Fox Sports Australia reporter Tom Wilson said. “You can’t go anywhere and not hear his name within 30 seconds. I mean, everybody’s talking about Delly.”


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