MINNEAPOLIS A month into the season and just 15 games into Alexey Shved's NBA career, the Timberwolves wouldn't think twice about drawing up a play to get the ball to the guard late in the fourth quarter.
It's the ultimate statement of confidence, but it's also deserved; Shved has scored more than half of his career points in the game's final 12 minutes and seems to thrive off playing from the bench.
"All my career I'm playing from the bench, and this is like if you come from the bench, you need to put some energy into the game," Shved said. "This is not so important it's important to start the game, but it's more important to finish the game. I like playing from the bench."
Adelman's treatment of Shved is not unlike how he handled Ricky Rubio as a rookie, when he let the young point guard play in the most crucial minutes of nearly every game. Neither has the nerves that would affect his play down the stretch, and with their level of play at the end of games, Adelman is fortunate....