Dellavedova plays role as Cleveland beats Memphis in NBA Summer League 

Matthew Dellavedova’s Cleveland Cavaliers are well-positioned for the elimination phase of the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League after victory over Memphis yesterday.

The Cavs won their second-straight match 69-58 over the Grizzlies, with Maryborough’s Dellavedova scoring a three-pointer on 1-5 shooting from the field and grabbing three rebounds in the latest victory.

But with two turnovers and a lay-up blocked in his 12 minutes’ court time, the Australian Boomers point guard wasn’t quite as effective as the opening round win over Los Angeles.

Dellavedova scored two points, with five assists and three boards, in the 70-62 victory against the Lakers.

Dellavedova tweeted after yesterday’s match: “Another good win👍 @C_Felix0 was big on the boards!”, referring to team-mate Carrick Felix who dragged down 11 rebounds.

Cleveland’s final round match is against the New Orleans Pelicans today.

The Cavs are vying for a top-eight seeding – based on win-loss records – after the round phase. The top eight seeds progress to round two, with teams seeded 11-22 competing in round one.

Round two winners progress to quarter-finals, before semis, “conference” finals and the championship game on Tuesday morning Australian time.

The Summer League is a foot in the door for Dellavedova after he wasn’t selected in last month’s NBA draft.

Dellavedova has signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Cavs, which means if he keeps ticking boxes he will stay with Cleveland until final try-outs in September. 


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