Cavs Notes – Delly the Dad, Garland's struggles and dominant vets

The Cavaliers have lost three straight games

James Rapien
November 07, 2019 - 1:14 pm
Oct 15, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) drives against Boston Celtics guard Carsen Edwards (4) in the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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INDEPENDENCE, OH – Matthew Dellavedova has been a great leader on and off the court for the young Cavaliers. He hopes to be an even better father. 

Dellavedova and his wife Anna announced that they had a baby boy – Anders Ralph Dellavedova.

“Very lucky to have a healthy baby and a healthy wife,” Delly said. “I slept good the night before the game. I think I’m going to try to bank as much sleep as I can on this road trip.”

Dellavedova returned the Cavs on Tuesday after missing two games due to personal reasons. The veteran guard was all smiles when asked about his son.

“It’s been the best,” he said.

Rookie Struggles

Darius Garland is shooting just 17 percent (5-29) from the field in his last three games. The Cavaliers aren’t worried about the young rookie and they think he’ll turn things around soon.

“One of his real trademarks is being able to shoot the catch and shoot three,” head coach John Beilein said. “What he’s hesitant about right now is shooting the wide open shot and playing too much off the dribble.

“He’s learning it. We’re watching film endlessly with him trying to teach him things.”

Garland has shown his potential during the Cavaliers’ first seven games. He’s found teammates for alley-oops and big time plays, but the 19-year-old is still adjusting to the length and size of his opponents.

Developing young players takes time and the organization will continue to be patient with the fifth-overall pick. 

Vets Leading the Way

Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson have been magnificent for the Cavaliers so far this season.

Love is playing like a superstar after missing most of last year due to injury. The five-time All-Star is averaging 18.9 points, 14.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists. He’s shooting 49 percent from the field, 39 percent from behind the arc and 88 percent from the free throw line.

“When J.B. (Bickerstaff) told me ‘Kevin Love will have a double-double and you will say how did that happen?’ So that’s been impressive,” Beilein recalled.

As great as Love has been, Thompson has arguably been the Cavs’ best player through seven games. The veteran center has made an impact on both offense and defense.

“Tristan right now is winning the battle with probably all our guys on playing both ends of the floor the best,” Beilein said. “He’s embracing every opportunity we’ve given him at both ends of the floor.”

Thompson’s averaging 16.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 blocks per game – all career highs. He’s only turned the ball over three times and has six double-doubles in seven contests.

The duo has made sure their young team will remain competitive, regardless of the opponent. If they continue to play at this level, then the Cavs will be fun to watch all season long.

Windler Remains Out

The Cavaliers begin a 3-game road trip with Washington on Friday night. Cleveland is hoping to end its’ 3-game losing streak.

They won’t have rookie Dylan Windler, who is still recovering from a leg injury. He won’t be available on the road trip, but is making progress.

“We’re just waiting to make sure that when we bring him back – if we had to ever shut him down again, it would be the rest of the year,” Beilein said. “We’re super cautious on this. Hopefully he’s back in here before too long.”

Windler missed all of training camp with the injury.