Delly delivering after knee injury

Matthew Dellavedova has recovered from a knee injury that interrupted his 2017-18 NBA season enough to spend a near season-high amount of time on court for the Milwaukee Bucks this week.

On Tuesday, Dellavedova spent 29 minutes on court in the Bucks’ 131-127 loss to the Toronto Raptors, his highest amount of playing time since November and lengthiest stint on court since overcoming tendinitis in his left knee. That injury saw Dellavedova miss 15 consecutive games, but the 27- year-old made up for lost time on Tuesday, putting up six points and handing out 10 assists in his seventh-straight appearance since the injury-induced break.

Dellavedova’s most recent effort came on the back of a nine-assist outing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which he spent 25 minutes on court.

Having committed just one turn- over in his two latest games alongside the 19 assists, Dellavedova has earned strong praise from his coach Jason Kidd and teammate Eric Bledsoe.

“Delly, man, Delly he’s a terrific basketball player,” Bledsoe said.

“His IQ is off the charts. When he’s in he just moves the ball, gets everybody involved, keeps everybody on the same page. He’s always talking out there so you need that.”

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