Omri Casspi supplied 13 points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight boards, one assist, and one block across 32 minutes in Monday's 129-128 double-overtime loss to the Hornets.
Casspi was back on the bench for this one with Rudy Gay (heel) returning from a two-game absence, but thanks to the two extra periods of action, Casspi didn't notice much of a drop in minutes or productivity. Gay was actually forced to exit the contest during the second overtime with a corneal abrasion and has already been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers, so it seems likely that Casspi will slot back in on the top unit for his third start in four games.
The veteran received a second straight start in Rudy Gay's (heel) stead, but generated a lackluster performance. The lack of overall production may not be as surprising as it appears on the surface, considering that DeMarcus Cousins had his way with the Pacers frontcourt to the tune of 48 points. The reduction in overall involvement on offense resulted in the normally aggressive Casspi only taking seven shot attempts, after averaging 10 per game over the previous three contests. His three tries from beyond the arc, all misses, were a low for the month of Janaury as well, and resulted in the 27-year-old failing to register a three-pointer for the first time since Dec. 10 against the Knicks. Despite the modest production, Casspi should be in line for additional opportunity if Gay continues to be sidelined for any more games.
Omri Casspi will start Saturday's game against the Pacers, James Ham of CSN California reports.
Entering the starting lineup for an ailing Rudy Gay (heel), Casspi has been tabbed for such a gig 16 times this season, during which he's averaged 14.9 points (on 51 percent shooting), 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 three-pointers, 1.7 assists, and 0.9 steals in 35 minutes.
Omri Casspi tallied 13 points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and five steals over 38 minutes in Thursday's 91-88 victory over the Hawks.
The seven-year veteran got the starting call for the ailing Rudy Gay (heel), and provided solid production on both ends of the floor. Casspi's five steals were a season high, and he drained multiple three-pointers for the second time in three contests. If Gay is forced to miss any further time, Casspi could serve as an excellent source of multi-category fantasy production in all formats. During a month of December in which he averaged a robust 35.3 minutes per contest, the 27-year-old averaged 15.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 12 games.
Omri Casspi is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Hawks, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
With Rudy Gay sitting out with a heel injury, Casspi is expected to move into the starting lineup in his place. Casspi is averaging 29.9 minutes per game this season, but could see a slight increase while running with the starting unit. He'll likely share the majority of the additional minutes with Marco Belinelli and Quincy Acy. Expect Casspi to move back to the bench as soon as Gay is healthy.
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