MINNEAPOLIS It's impossible to tell whether Alexey Shved is shocked by what he's doing or merely curious at why everyone around him seems so utterly surprised.
There's a lot of nervous laughter when you talk to Shved. A lot of staring downward, a lot of shrugging, a lot of telling everyone that no, this is not a big deal. Not his play. Not his haircut. Not the adjustment to the United States and the NBA. To have a conversation with him is to have a lot of thoughts thrown at you as he bounces from idea to idea hoping to hit on the answer he knows he's stumbling toward.
"I'm a rookie, but my partners help me, and they every time tell me something about the game, what I need to do in the game, offense, defense," he said after Friday's 95-85 win over the Bucks. "I have played a lot of times. Coach believes in me, and it's very important for me and for everybody."
So many ideas he's tripping over, but it comes down to this: Shved is...