18/04/2024
Matthew Dellavedova and Chris Goulding. (Image: Melbourne United Twitter).

Matthew Dellavedova and Chris Goulding. (Image: Melbourne United Twitter).

Melbourne United's Matthew Dellavedova has declared himself ready to go for game one of the semi-final clash against the JackJumpers.

Melbourne United’s Matthew Dellavedova is set to boost his side, declaring himself ready to go amidst the upcoming game one semi-final clash against the JackJumpers.

Dellavedova sat out his side’s 22-point loss in United’s final regular season game following wisdom teeth removal, but has returned in time to suit up for Thursday’s big game.

“We had a good training today and the boys are focused and getting ready to go,” Dellavedova told media on Tuesday.

“Obviously, [we] played them on the weekend. They’re a tough team that’s playing really good basketball.”

“I know it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be physical and it’s going to be competitive.”

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The 30-year-old has had quite the season with United following a successful stint in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dellavedova has 27 games played under his belt and averages 10.6 points per game. Following his minor absence from the game last week, the former NBA star now has his sights set on the big prize of a championship.

“As a club, [finals is what] United is playing for and it’s tough to have only four teams make the finals so we’re definitely excited to be in,” Dellavedova said.

“But the goal is to win a championship and that starts with Thursday.”

It won’t be an easy feat for United with Thursday being a big test for them with the JackJumpers hot on their tails, also looking for championship glory after a fairytale run.

Having entered the competition in the 2021/22 season, the Tasmanian team will be hoping to cap off their inaugural season with the coveted title.

They finished the regular season in fourth place and were awarded a place in the semi-final after the Perth Wildcats ended a 31-year finals streak when they fell short of the win against South East Melbourne Phoenix.

“[We] played them on the weekend. They’re a tough team that’s playing really good basketball,” Dellavedova added.

“They’re a team that plays really hard and gets after the offensive board so we’re going to have to be ready to box out and scrap on the boards.”

“We know what they’re capable of, we know where they’ve hurt us previously and we’re going to have to be focused and locked in ready to go to get the win on Thursday.”

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