Regular West Side Market shopper and Cleveland Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova is having quite the NBA postseason. You could say he’s at peak #SPORTS right now, coming off a dominant Game 3 NBA Finals performance that carried the Cavs to a win and a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors.

But one only attains that level of athleticism with a killer pre-game diet. Apparently, Dellavedova’s consists primarily of coffee, but he says he’s going to ditch it for tonight’s Game 4 in Cleveland. The reason? Delly had to be taken to the hospital after Game 3 to be treated for dehydration and severe cramping. He believes his pre-game joe was partially responsible for the hospital visit.


Dellavedova’s coffee kick is so ingrained in the Cavs’ team fabric that, on occasion, injured center Anderson Varejao will go fetch him a cup and bring it to him in the locker room before tipoff.

We can’t fault him for his allegiance: Drinking the beverage regularly could reduce his risk of melanoma, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes. Moreover, a 2014 University of Birmingham says longterm drinkers “can develop a tolerance to the potential diuretic effects of coffee.”

We’ve already learned from Serena Williams that coffee can be the key to on-court success, so Dellavedova would be wise to reverse his temporary coffee fast if he’s looking to help continue his improbable Finals run.

[via ESPN]