Cleveland Cavaliers backup guard Matthew Dellavedova continued his improbable ascent to the role of postseason hero in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, helping LeBron James and the Cavs grab a 2-1 series lead with a 96-91 victory against the Golden State Warriors.

Delly was so beat up after the game that he was taken to a local hospital with severe cramping.

The undrafted Aussie played 38 minutes, hounding Stephen Curry and hitting clutch shots that—let’s be honest here—he has no business making.

Per the AP and NBA.com:

The Cavs said Dellavedova received IV treatments at Quicken Loans Arena following the game before he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for further procedures. A team spokesman said Dellavedova, who walked to the ambulance under his own power, was cramping in “multiple areas.” The team will have an update on the 24-year-old Australian at Wednesday’s practice.

 

As is his style, Dellavedova came up with several loose balls in Game 3 by diving on the floor, and he flattened a chair on Cleveland’s bench while hustling on one play. […] “He’s going to throw his body all over the place,” LeBron James said. “He gave everything’s he’s got.”

 

The first burn: Delly drives down the lane past Steph Curry, Cavs clinging to a one-point lead during a Warriors rally with 2 minutes and change left, drops a one-handed banker, gets hacked slightly, falls hard to the floor, completes the three-point play. […] “That was a huge turning point,” said Curry. “He made some timely baskets, and that was one of them.”