NBA Finals News: Matthew Dellavedova Not A 'Stephen Curry Stopper,' Claims Fellow Aussie Andrew Bogut

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Jun 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) during the fourth quarter in game five of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut acknowledged Matthew Dellavedova's contribution on the defensive end in the ongoing NBA Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he further qualified that his compatriot is not a "(Stephen) Curry stopper."

“People have lit a fire under Steph, which is good thing,” Andrew Bogut was quoted on BBC Sports

“It’s something that you don’t want to do. It worked out well. We know Delly is a great defender, but we know he’s not a Curry stopper.” 

The 24-year-old's name has been making rounds in major media outlets after limiting points production, among others, of reigning Most Valuable Player Curry in the first four games. The chief Warrior was not his usual self in game two, scoring only 19 points in a horrendous 5-of-23 shooting. In game three, he bounced back with 27 points but Delly's aggression may have gotten into his head, as it caused him to commit 6 turnovers, including a crucial one late in the fourth quarter, throughout the game. They lost in the said two games.

And while the Golden state may have had won game four, it was mainly because of Shaun Livingston's exceptional playmaking ability. The 6-foot-8 point guard was able to recognise and take advantage of mismatches, while finding open teammates in the process. 

As of writing, however, Curry responded in a grand manner by utilising the pick-and-roll effectively to get open looks for himself and his teammates. Dellavedova was left like a dog chasing a car, as the Davidson College product was able to light it up from downtown, especially during the homstretch of the game, nailing an insane after insane shot. He also was able to split the defense that allowed him to attack the rim as well as spark good ball movement.

The good news for Dellavedova is he still has a chance to redeem himself in the next game.

 

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