Title: How Milwaukee Bucks’ Matthew Dellavedova pestered the Raptors in Game 1
Date: April 18, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the problems Matthew Dellavedova poses the Raptors as a screen-setter for Milwaukee’s more talented offensive players.
Matthew Dellavedova has been called some things. At one point in his NBA career, he was voted by players and coaches as one of the dirtiest players in the league. He’s been called a pest — and funnier versions of that same word — or worse. He’s self-identified as annoying.
It is not surprising, then, that just one game into a series between the Milwaukee Buck and Toronto Raptors that looks like it has the potential to go six or seven games, the Australian point guard has become a talking point. Having gone six games against him a year ago when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Raptors are familiar with his particular brand of play, and it hasn’t been unexpected. The Raptors will tell you they’re not losing sleep over him.
“He’s not in our minds. I mean I didn’t go to bed last night worrying about Dellavedova,” head coach Dwane Casey said Monday. “No, not at all. I was worried about the Milwaukee Bucks, not him. But he did set 18 screens and we…did talk about them and looked at them and a lot of them weren’t legal.”