Delly ready

Matthew Dellavedova is expected to be fit and firing when he begins his fifth NBA regular season later this week.

The Maryborough product is expected to take to the court for Milwaukee in the Bucks’ season 2017-18 opener against the Boston Celtics this Thursday, despite battling a knee complaint during his preparation for the opening game.

Dealing with knee soreness and limited to non-contact training a week ago, Dellavedova made a welcome return to the Bucks outfit on Saturday, playing well in the team’s final pre-season hit-out against the Detroit Pistons.

Playing just over 20 minutes after starting on the bench, Dellavedova’s trademark set up play was on full display as he scored seven points and dished off an equal game-high seven assists in Milwaukee’s 107- 103 win.

It was just the 27-year-old’s second pre-season appearance for the Bucks after the knee complaint restricted him to just a nine-minute appearance in a 106-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on October 2.

Speaking to The Maryborough District Advertiser during his last visit to home in July, Dellavedova said he was feeling energetic ahead of the new season.

“My preparation has been pretty good,” he said.

“We’re all looking forward to going into camp to start our major block of training, but we’ve all been working pretty hard to make sure we’re in the best shape.”

After a 42-40 regular season and a six-game round one play-offs exit to Toronto in the 2016-17 season, many NBA pundits have earmarked Milwaukee for another year of improvement.

For more on this story see the Back Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, October 17.

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