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After an erratic start to the season, Omri Casspi once more has good reason to
The 22-year-old Israeli has averaged nearly 38 minutes in
the Sacramento Kings’ last six games, starting in the past five in place of the
injured Francisco García.
Casspi’s averages over that stretch have risen
to 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, helping the Kings to three wins in
their last four, improving to 12-33 on the season.
With no timetable for
García’s return from an injury to his strained left calf, Casspi looks set to
continue starting at small forward, and he intends to make the most of his
“Obviously, now I get a lot of confidence from my coach, and I
try to bring it back to the court with me,” Casspi said. “I know I’m going to
start again. I know I’m going to get minutes, so I just have to make
“I’m a guy who’s never going to break a play for my own
benefit and I try to run whatever coach calls. When they call a play for me, I
try to get the best out of it for me.”
Coach Paul Westphal was
uncharacteristically complementary of Casspi’s recent play, especially after his
20-point, eight-rebound performance in Friday’s victory over the Los Angeles
“I think this is a golden opportunity for him,” Westphal said.
“He can have a fantastic career here if he can bottle that and bring it every
“Once he figures out when to help, when to stay home, when to take
a shortcut, when to chase his man, he’ll be able to really impact the game
defensively as well as offensively.
“When he can convert at a high level
on his midrange game and finishing around the basket, then he gets to do more
things,” Westphal said.