It’s the last thing the Cleveland Cavaliers need during these NBA Finals, more injuries. Tuesday night in game three the eastern conference champions added two more to that growing list this postseason. A list that includes Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love.
Iman Shumpert missed part of the first half with a left shoulder injury. It happened in the first quarter when he ran into Warriors power forward Draymond Green when Green was setting a screen. The pick was clean and no foul was called on the play. Shumpert would return late in the second quarter. Shumpert was clearly not 100 percent for the rest of the game. Shumpert made one three point basket in game three for his only points in the Cavaliers 96-91 win.
Shumpert had an MRI on Wednesday on his left shoulder, the same shoulder he dislocated early in the season before being traded to the Cavaliers from the New York Knicks. The MRI revealed a bruised left shoulder with no further structural damage.
Matthew Dellavedova had to spend Tuesday night at the Cleveland Clinic following his career playoff high 20 point performance. Dellavedova didn’t meet with reporters following the victory so he could receive an IV for extreme cramps. Dellavedova would leave Quicken Loans Arena in an ambulance and would be treated for extreme dehydration. Dellavedova would be released on Wednesday in time to attend the Cavaliers media availability and the teams film session.
Both Shumpert and Dellavedova are expected to play in game four on Thursday night in Cleveland. The Cavaliers lead the series two games to one.