311_Omri Casspi against the Cavaliers.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
After an impressive start to the season, Omri Casspi has suddenly found himself
out of favor with Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal.
Israeli forward was left on the bench for a second straight game on Sunday
night, playing no part in Sacramento’s 75-71 home loss to the New Orleans
After coming off the bench in the first game of the season,
Casspi started in eight straight encounters for the Kings, averaging over 10
points per game in 26 minutes on the court.
However, with the Kings
losing five consecutive contests, Westphal decided to tinker with his starting
five, with Casspi not only losing his place as a starter, but dropping
completely out of the rotation.
Nevertheless, Casspi is doing his best to
remain upbeat, despite having “DNP-Coach’s Decision” next to his name in the box
score in the last two games.
“Next time [Westphal] puts me in the game,
I’ll play hard, play to win like I do all the time, and good things will
happen,” said Casspi, who has been replaced in the starting lineup by Donte
“I’m a professional. Coach made a decision on who he wants to
play, and we have to accept that. I can only worry about things that I can
Despite Sunday’s loss, Westphal looks set to continue with his
“We’re not going to hold teams to 32 percent shooting
every night, but that’s two games in a row that we’ve played first-class NBA
defense, and we will win a lot of games if we do that every night,” Westphal