Why Isn't Sasha Playing?

Sasha has been listed as questionable for quite some time now and I saw he is actively participating in practices. My guess is he will play on Wednesday against Detroit.

Hopefully he won't be traded by then, he performed really well before the injury and can provide that offensive boost from the bench when Lyles and Monk are struggling
 
Sasha has been listed as questionable for quite some time now and I saw he is actively participating in practices. My guess is he will play on Wednesday against Detroit.

Hopefully he won't be traded by then, he performed really well before the injury and can provide that offensive boost from the bench when Lyles and Monk are struggling
Or he will finally be available but will not play after all :)
Honestly i did not understand why they listed him questionable since Dallas game , when he actually missed the whole trip ...
And the first predictions were to miss them all
 
Or he will finally be available but will not play after all :)
Honestly i did not understand why they listed him questionable since Dallas game , when he actually missed the whole trip ...
And the first predictions were to miss them all
Well, 3 points and 1 rebound in 5 minutes on a +4 is still something ;) Coach Brown once again forgot about him after the second quarter
 
Well, 3 points and 1 rebound in 5 minutes on a +4 is still something ;) Coach Brown once again forgot about him after the second quarter
As i said to a friend of mine - ''do you call this playing at all'' :)
but well ... That is what Coach gives him , so he has to work on that ...
Hopefully he will be still a King in 10 hours and we will see more of him in the last 32 regular season games ...
i have my vision , but i am a salesman not NBA coach of the year so ... :)
 
So both Kings forward were awful in the offense, Murray had foul trouble throughout the match and yet didn't appear in the 4th however Coach Brown thought that this didn't mean that Sasha needed to play in the 2nd half perhaps because he considers him a liability in the defensive part, but if defense were the big issue why didn't Kessler step on the floor at all? Instead he chose Lyles that was hitting his threes for one more match but it took him quite a while before he was able to get his first rebound in the game, took the first offensive as well, the one leading to that Sabonis 3 pointer at the end of 3rd. Not to mention Ellis again not entering the floor that could help also in the defensive part. Same story with Len... but it seems that when Kings looked to have the whole momentum at the end of 3rd quarter, Brown chose to stick to the players that were on the court (sans Murray) but it was proven to be a bad decision at the end.
Will Sasha get the chance to play more in the upcoming tough schedule against much stronger teams that follows? I don't think so, unless there are some big changes in the team's rotation with potential trades coming the next 10 hours, which I also doubt it will happen.
 
So both Kings forward were awful in the offense, Murray had foul trouble throughout the match and yet didn't appear in the 4th however Coach Brown thought that this didn't mean that Sasha needed to play in the 2nd half perhaps because he considers him a liability in the defensive part, but if defense were the big issue why didn't Kessler step on the floor at all? Instead he chose Lyles that was hitting his threes for one more match but it took him quite a while before he was able to get his first rebound in the game, took the first offensive as well, the one leading to that Sabonis 3 pointer at the end of 3rd. Not to mention Ellis again not entering the floor that could help also in the defensive part. Same story with Len... but it seems that when Kings looked to have the whole momentum at the end of 3rd quarter, Brown chose to stick to the players that were on the court (sans Murray) but it was proven to be a bad decision at the end.
Will Sasha get the chance to play more in the upcoming tough schedule against much stronger teams that follows? I don't think so, unless there are some big changes in the team's rotation with potential trades coming the next 10 hours, which I also doubt it will happen.
The most common opinion around this forum was that he was going to play more after the trades are done ... (in case he is still a King of course)
IF he is going to get 5-8 minutes till the end of the year - better get out of here , he is 28 already and depsite the opinion of 4/5 members here much better player then those crapy 5 minutes per game which aren't in one entering (most of the time )
Yes he is not Fox/Domas for 40sh minute per game , but there is nothing but experience in which Lyles is a better player (and i can argue with whoever wants about it) ... So 22/25 agianst 4/5 is funny (for me)
 
Again, I would argue that one of the major weaknesses of this team is the lack of "winner mentality". Sabonis is still carrying the team on his back, but even he does not hold others accountable for their actions, as a true leader would do. Monk was the "hype man" from the bench but the Milwaukee game kinda broke him.

Sasha on the other hand has a lot of experience, played in finals (something taht Fox, Domas or Lyles or whoever have not yet experienced) and has dealt with the pressure of European basketball crowds, nothing compared to the kiss cams and T-Shirt throwing in the NBA.

He might be still adapting to life in USA, language, even culture and food and seem a bit disengaged, but I am sure that once the coaching staff recognizes him for his personal traits as an individual and leader, he will start getting more and more minutes.

I still believe that the Kings cannot fully understand what kind of asset they got in Vezenkov and it will be a pity if Brown keeps ignoring him and treating him like a rookie...
 
The most common opinion around this forum was that he was going to play more after the trades are done ... (in case he is still a King of course)
IF he is going to get 5-8 minutes till the end of the year - better get out of here , he is 28 already and depsite the opinion of 4/5 members here much better player then those crapy 5 minutes per game which aren't in one entering (most of the time )
Yes he is not Fox/Domas for 40sh minute per game , but there is nothing but experience in which Lyles is a better player (and i can argue with whoever wants about it) ... So 22/25 agianst 4/5 is funny (for me)
Lyles is a better defender, bigger/stronger body (not because of just his height) and can play as "5" in small lineups or defend the opponents' center if needed. In offense his advantage is that his teammates seem to trust him more with those corner 3s, they know his favorite spots and has already a successful season with the Kings behind him.

IMO Sasha is a better shooter, knows better how to "cut inside the paint" is a better rebounder despite not being so big or athletic but only Sabonis seems to be the one looking for him in the offense and sometimes he is not on the court with him. I think they are players of similar value and they should not have this big difference of playing time. Since Sasha didn't play that much when Lyles was absent I don't think it will ever happen.
 
I still believe that the Kings cannot fully understand what kind of asset they got in Vezenkov and it will be a pity if Brown keeps ignoring him and treating him like a rookie...
I wholeheartedly agree. I would add that cultural differences include things like body language and can easily be misinterpreted. Not only that, but knowing how to use a player with Sasha's abilities can be a challenge for players and coaches, alike. Monk, at least, was looking for him last night.

Seven hours to go until the trade deadline.
 
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Again, I would argue that one of the major weaknesses of this team is the lack of "winner mentality". Sabonis is still carrying the team on his back, but even he does not hold others accountable for their actions, as a true leader would do. Monk was the "hype man" from the bench but the Milwaukee game kinda broke him.

Sasha on the other hand has a lot of experience, played in finals (something taht Fox, Domas or Lyles or whoever have not yet experienced) and has dealt with the pressure of European basketball crowds, nothing compared to the kiss cams and T-Shirt throwing in the NBA.

He might be still adapting to life in USA, language, even culture and food and seem a bit disengaged, but I am sure that once the coaching staff recognizes him for his personal traits as an individual and leader, he will start getting more and more minutes.

I still believe that the Kings cannot fully understand what kind of asset they got in Vezenkov and it will be a pity if Brown keeps ignoring him and treating him like a rookie...

...he is a rookie. That joined a playoff roster that retained literally all it's playoff core.

Yes, he's a seasoned pro, of course. Doesn't matter, NBA is a different animal entirely. I think he's earned the opportunity for a consistent bench role, but maybe he's not showing it in practice? We don't get to see that.
 
...he is a rookie. That joined a playoff roster that retained literally all it's playoff core.

Yes, he's a seasoned pro, of course. Doesn't matter, NBA is a different animal entirely. I think he's earned the opportunity for a consistent bench role, but maybe he's not showing it in practice? We don't get to see that.
A rookie , but only for the NBA ... He has more experience in playoff games then any of the roster at the moment ... And had played more final games then any other in the team will ever play .. .
That must count for something ...
 
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'The Kings announced Tuesday that Vezenkov has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 right ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in 4-to-6 weeks, Deuce Mason of NBC Sports California reports."
 
I was upset that we might not see Vesenkov anymore with the Kings outfit after the trade deadline but never expected it will be because of an injury :(
Total luck of anything for him this season ….