Keep an eye on the number of minutes that Minnesota Timberwolves Alexey Shved plays the next few games. It might indicate how much the Timberwolves plan on using him for the rest of the season.
Shved had been averaging 27 minutes a game in seven contests during February. In the 97-93 NBA loss to the Utah Jazz prior to the All-Star break, he had played for only 10 minutes, the lowest of the season. He was not listed as being injured or sick.
He was 0-of-4 from the floor and scored no points. He didn’t exactly look like a ball of energy.
By rookie standards, it’s been a very productive season for Shved so far
He’s had some healthy stats, prior to the Utah game. He was averaging 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds. 4.4 assists and a 37.7 shooting percentage, which wasn’t all that great along with a 30.4 percent range in 3-pointers.
He had a strong game Feb. 11 against the Cleveland Cavaliers with 30 excellent minutes and 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and three assists.
Obviously, the better Shved plays the more the Timberwolves could expect. But he needs to get back in the lineup on a full-time basis an d make sure he’s on a good rapport with the coaching staff and others. He needs to focus on defense a little more, perhaps a reason the coaches may not hold him in the highest esteem.
But Minnesota needs Shved back in the lineup playing with the best talent the Timberwolves can put around him. That’s in the best interests of the franchise. The more Shved is in the lineup doing his things, the more games the Timberwolves will win.