TORONTO: Mo Williams’ return Wednesday night gave Matthew Dellavedova the chance to get some much-needed rest for his sore calf.
How much time he’ll miss remains to be seen, but he seems at least somewhat hopeful he might be able to play Friday at the Charlotte Bobcats.
Dellavedova injured his left calf in last week’s win against the Milwaukee Bucks. He still isn’t sure whether he slipped or was kicked, but the tightness in the calf has caused a constant pain for the last week. If it wasn’t for the fact the backcourt was so depleted, he would’ve sat out the last couple games. Williams’ return Wednesday against the Raptors provided his chance to rest.
“It was kind of like just treading water, trying to get up for the game,” Dellavedova said. “I didn’t do anything in the day in between and didn’t do anything at shootaround … just trying to get right for the game. You can’t keep doing that because eventually something is going to happen.”
Dellavedova put up terrific numbers despite the injury on grit, scoring 15 points and passing for nine assists without any turnovers Monday against the Orlando Magic. But second halves of games have proven tricky for him. He conceded Wednesday the calf grew stiff during games and it was tough for him to get warm again after sitting at halftime.
The one day off between games lately hasn’t been enough time off to generate any healing. By resting Wednesday, Dellavedova will have three full days off between games.
Dellavedova has seemingly fought injuries since his time last summer with the Australian national team.
“I mean, I felt good going into training camp and then it’s kind of like my ankle flared up in training camp and then it’s kind of led on from there,” he said. “That’s usually the way when you have an ankle issue — something else in the chain goes because everything in the body is connected. It’s a good opportunity to try to get everything 100 percent and then be good for the rest of the season, knock on wood.”
Love an All-Star?
It’s a little premature to start talking about All-Star ballots, but LeBron James doesn’t think so. James confidently declared Kevin Love will make the All-Star team this season.
“He is an All-Star. He’s playing like it and he will represent our team in the Eastern Conference,” James said. “He’s been very aggressive, he’s playing a lot more in the post, working himself inside and outside and sometimes outside/inside. He’s not getting down on his play and if he does, I’ll be up his [backside]. We’ll be all right.”
Love’s 11.7 rebounds lead all East forwards and he ranks fifth in scoring at 19.4 points. Love knew he wasn’t going to make the All-Star game last season because the Cavs were the fifth seed at the break, but if they continue to lead the East they’ll be in line for multiple selections aside from LeBron James.
Unless Kyrie Irving is voted in, he’ll likely miss too many games to be a viable candidate. That leaves Love as the next-likeliest option.
“If we can maintain that No. 1 seed I think things like that can happen, but right now I’m not even focused on that,” Love said. “I’m just happy to be in a little bit better rhythm as time has gone on so far and I want to continue to be playing better.”
Tristan Thompson made his first appearance in his hometown of Toronto since signing a long-term extension with the Cavs. There was a strong thought during free agency the Raptors were interested in bringing Thompson home — which only would’ve been realistic had Thompson accepted the Cavs’ qualifying offer.
But Thompson said Wednesday he never really considered that.
“I never thought about it,” he said. “My whole thing was focus on getting better and whenever my situation was handled, my business was handled, that’s when I was going to get back on the court. Whenever it was, so be it. I’m glad it’s here in Cleveland.
“I’m a Cleveland guy and that’s where my heart is at.”
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