PHILADELPHIA — Wearing a navy-colored Cleveland Cavaliers hoodie, the same one he has superstitiously sported each game during this winning streak, Matthew Dellavedova slowly rose from his seat on the bench and strolled toward third-year guard Collin Sexton. The two stood side by side, near the baseline, as Dellavedova offered tips and pointed out how the Philadelphia 76ers were guarding Darius Garland coming off screens. Judging by the distinct hand signals, Dellavedova and Sexton also discussed defensive coverages and the need to rotate faster.
Moments later, Sexton re-entered for the closing fourth quarter stretch, carrying that advice with him.
“Delly is definitely a coach,” Sexton said with a bright smile following the Cavaliers’ 112-109 overtime win against the East-leading 76ers. “I know once Delly is finished playing basketball he’s going to be a coach. He will give you the good, warm and fuzzy, and then come back and let you know he’s here with you. It’s amazing to see him on the sideline just because he hasn’t been in a while. Also good to see his progress and see him getting better. We definitely need Delly. A lot of his stuff don’t show up (on the stat sheet). He’s one of the leaders on our team.”
There was another point late in the game, after head coach J.B. Bickerstaff shouted out a play call, Garland signaled for one of his teammates to move — a specific look he and Dellavedova…