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And then there was none

Posted on: February 26th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for omri casspiAs in no Jewish players in the NBA.

The Memphis Grizzlies remind us that sports is a business.

The team has waived Omri Casspi, the oft-injured Israeli.

Casspi underwent surgery for an injured knee earlier this month. Since his return this season was doubtful and his contract was not guaranteed, the Grizzlies let him go to clear roster space.

Seems to me like kicking a man when he’s down, but as I said, it’s a business. If he was a major star, they would have accommodated him but Casspi — who will be 31 on June 22 — was just a solid bench-player, when given the chance. He averaged 6.3 points in 36 games for the Grizzlies this year.

Maybe there’s still some interest in him; according to HoopsHype.com, “The operation is expected to have a six-week recovery process. When healthy, the Israeli-born sharpshooter is considered one of the more lethal three-point scorers in the NBA. He will likely have a spot on a contending team due to his shooting ability if his injury heals in time for a playoff run.”

But in the meantime #Sad.

Jice update, Games of February 5, 2019

Posted on: February 6th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Not much left to write about until baseball season starts. Football is over and Omri Casspi — the lone MOT in the NBA — is out with his meniscus tear. I might have to result to reporting about — gasp — college sports.

Brandon Leipsic contributed his 10th assist of the year to help the LA Kings beat the host NJ Devils, 5-1. He was on the rink for 12:20 while teammate Nate Thompson had 14:46 of TOI.

Jason Zucker posted his 14th assist in a 5-4 shootout loss for the Minnesota Wild (26-22-5) to the host Buffalo Sabres.

Andre Burakovsky was on the ice for just 8:53 as the Washington Capitols (29-18-6) beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks, 3-2. The more he slumps, the louder the chatter about a possible trade.

Related imageJakob Chychrun, who is suffering with a”lower body injury,” did not travel with the Arizona Coyotes (23-25-5) who lost, 5-2, to the host Nashville Predators. His team placed him on the injured reserve list which means he will also miss the Coyotes’ against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday and the Dallas Stars on Saturday. According to the CBS sports fantasy site, Chychrun will be eligible to come off injured reserve in time to play next Tuesday in Vegas, though the Coyotes have yet to provide an official timeline for his return.

 

 

And then there were none: Omri Casspi update, February 5, 2019

Posted on: February 5th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

So much for Jewps.

Omri Casspi‘s knee injury was more serious than first thought. He will undergo surgery to repair a torn right meniscus.

No word on how long he will be out, but we won’t be seeing the 30-year-old Israeli back on the hardwood this season.

This year, Casspi appeared in 36 games for the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 14.4 minutes per game, way down from his career stat of 20.3. The team was 14-22 with Casspi in the game, 7-11 with him not seeing any action.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES’ forward Omri Casspi

Omri Casspi update, January 31, 2019

Posted on: January 31st, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

The Israeli import missed his third straight game due to knee soreness as the Memphis Grizzlies (20-32) lost a tough one in overtime to the host Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-97.

The Grizzlies have now lost 21 of their last 25.

Give credit to the 13,000-plus rugged souls who braved the -20-degree Minneapolis weather to attend the game.

Omri Casspi Update

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for omri casspi, grizzliesWhat, hurt again?

Yup, Omri Casspi has missed the last three games for the Memphis Grizzlies (19-30, 14th in the Western Conference) with an apparent knee injury.

In his last game, Casspi scored 18 points with five rebounds, and four steals in 25 minutes during Friday’s 99-96 loss to the visiting Sacramento Kings, one of his former teams.

CBSSports.com noted that “Casspi swiped a season high steal total while reaching double figures in scoring for the fourth time in his last six appearances. The 30-year-old veteran is averaging more minutes per game here in January than he had in any previous month this season.”

If only he could stay healthy.

The Grizzlies have lost 20 of their last 24 games.

Jice/Jewps update, Jan. 22, 2019 (Games of Jan. 21)

Posted on: January 22nd, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

Omri Casspi did not appear for the Memphis Grizzlies in their 105-85 loss to the visiting New Orleans Pelicans, for whom the Israeli baller appeared in one game before going down with an injury and subsequently being traded away. Casspi also missed the Grizzlies’ previous game, a 119-90 loss to the host Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Memphis — 19-28 and next to last in the Western Conference — has lost 12 of their last 13 games.

NHL

In the only two MOT-inclusive games…

Brandon Leipsic contributed two assists to help the LA Kings beat the visiting St. Louis Blues, 4-3. The first put the Kings (20-26-4, next to last in the Western Conference) on the board, trailing 2-0 in the first period. The second came on the game-winner 9:53 into the third. Leipsic did not take a shot on goal in 15:50 of ice time. Nate Thompson took zero SOG in 11:21.

Jason Zucker played 14:30 with one shot on goal as the Minnesota Wild (29-21-3. sixth in the West) beat the host Las Vegas Knights, 4-2.

Omri Casspi update, Jan. 16, 2019

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

In our last episode, Omri Casspi is making his way back after missing several games between injury/illness and “DNP (Did Not Play) Coach’s Decision.” But in his last three games:

  • Four points and five rebounds in 17 minutes in a 96-86 win over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 9.
  • Four points and six rebounds in 19 minutes in a 112-108 loss to the host Miami Heat on Jan. 12.
  • Twelve points with three rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot in a season-high 25 minutes a 112-94 loss to the host Houston Rockets. James Harden scored 57 points in 35 minutes for Houston on Jan. 14. Casspi had originally been listed as a starter in that one, but no. As in every other game this year, this one came off the bench. In 583 carer games, Casspi has started 145.

Image result for omri casspi, grizzlies

The Grizzlies have lost eight of their last 10 and are 19-24, fourteenth in the Western Conference.

Omri Casspi update, Jan. 9, 2019

Posted on: January 9th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

It’s just about the halfway point for both the NBA and NHL so I thought this would be an appropriate time to slide back into regular entries about both.

Not trying to makes excuses, but maintaining the blog was a hell of a lot easier when I was at the NJ Jewish News and it was part of my daily tasks. I could justify spending half my time working on the Korner because, hey, they were the ones who came up with the idea of the site in the first place.

Things are different now that I’m no longer in the world of journalism and actually have to work for a living (joke).

Having cleared the air, let us continue.

Image result for omri casspi, grizzliesOmri Casspi and the Memphis Grizzlies have fallen on hard times since my last update. On Dec. 14, the team was 15-11 and among the top eight teams in the Western Conference. Since then, they have won three of their last 14 contests for an 18-22 mark, tied for second-worst in the conference.

Casspi enjoyed a season-best game on Dec. 17 in a 123-110 loss to his former team, the host Golden State Warriors. He scored 20 points in 21 minutes off the bench, along with six rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot. Unfortunately, he missed the next five games due to illness.

He returned to action on New Year’s Eve, scoring eight points in 16 minutes in a 113-110 loss to the host Houston Rockets. He’s appeared in three of the team’s four games — all losses — in January. He was on the floor for just five minutes on Jan. 2, four on Jan. 4, and did not play (coach’s decision) at all on Jan. 5. The frustration must be mounting. He had nine points in 19 minutes in his return Monday against another of his former teams, the New Orleans Pelicans.

 

Omri Casspi Update

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

OKC ThunderHere’s the rundown:

  • Wed, Dec 5, a 96-86 win over the visiting LA Clippers: Casspi scored seven points with four rebounds and a steal in 20 minutes off the bench,
  • Fri, Dec 7, a 107-103 win over the host New Orleans Pelicans: four points, three rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot in 11 minutes.
  • Sat, Dec. 8, a 111-88 loss to the visiting LA Lakers: two points, one rebound, one assist, two steals, one blocked shot in 13 minutes.
  • Mon, Dec. 10, a 105-99 loss top the host Denver Nuggets: a season-high 12 points, six rebounds, two assists in 19 minutes.

Could Casspi — who has played for seven teams (including just one game for the Pelicans in 2017 before getting hurt) in his 10 NBA seasons — be on the trading block once again?

Omri Casspi Update, Dec. 4, 2018

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for omri casspi, grizzliesSince the last entry about the Israeli import, Omri Casspi has appeared both of the Memphis Grizzlies contests: a 131-125 double-overtime win over the host Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 30 and a 103-95 loss to the host Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 2.

Casspi played 15 minutes off the bench against Brooklyn, scoring just one point with three rebounds and one assist as the Grizzlies broke a three-game losing streak in the former.

The next game, Casspi again played 15 minutes but this time with eight rebounds and zero points.

Memphis is 13-9, sixth in the Western Conference and tops in the Southwest Division, 1.5 games ahead of Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks.

On a more serious note, Casspi was quoted in this Associated Press story about Jewish athletes following the anti-Semitic at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“There’s crazy people out there, and it is what it is,” Casspi said. “The notion is that anti-Semitism is dead — it’s always going to be (around). Some people are just like that. There’s going to be racist people, there’s going to be anti-Semites.”

   
 

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