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Omri Casspi update, Jan. 16, 2019

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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.

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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 No Comments

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.”

Omri Casspi Update

Posted on: November 28th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s been awhile since I wrote about Omri Casspi. You expect me to post with consistency? As Emerson said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.”

So now that I’ve shown off a bit, let’s get to the heart of the matter.

Casspi has appeared in 14 of the Memphis Grizzlies’ 20 games, which is pretty good for him. Means he hasn’t sustained any serious injuries, although he did miss five straight games earlier this month with a knee problem. One of those included a visit from the Golden State Warriors, who presented Casspi with a championship ring. It certainly was a source of pride for the MOT community. And it’s the least the Warriors could have done, considering the shabby way they let him go with just two games left in the regular season. Not only did he miss out on playing on that victorious squad, but who was going to sign him with just a couple of contests remaining? But business is business, I suppose.

Casspi scored 10 points in last night’s 122-114 loss to the visiting Toronto Raptors but the Grizzlies are still doing well at 12-8, good for a fifth-place tie in the Western Conference and just a game and a half out of first. His return to the lineup came at an opportune time.

Here are Casspi’s season highs:

Minutes: 24, 10/19 vs. Atlanta Hawks
Points: 11, twice, 10/19 vs. Atlanta Hawks and 11/21 vs. San Antonio Spurs
Rebounds: 6, 11/21 vs. San Antonio Spurs
Assists: 3, 10/27 vs. Phoenix Suns
Steals: 1, three times
Blocked Shots: 2, 11/21 vs. San Antonio Spurs

So fingers crossed, Casspi will remain healthy, the Grizzlies will continue to stay in the hunt, and he’ll get that post-season chance denied to him last year.

Omri Casspi update, Nov. 7, 2018

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Might as well start labeling these entries with his name since he’s the only M-O-T in the N-B-A.

The Memphis Grizzlies forward came out of Friday’s game — a 110-100 win over the host Utah Jazz —  with thigh soreness. Casspi played seven minutes, scoring four points with three rebounds and an assist. he played just for minutes in their 102-100 loss to the host Phoenix Suns on Sunday but he scored a pair and had two assists and a steal. So he may not play much, but he’s active when he is on the court. Unfortunately, he missed last night’s 112-101 loss to the host Golden State Warriors with thigh tightness. Next game is tonight as Memphis (5-4, eighth in the Western conference and second in the Southwest Division) hosts the Denver Nuggets.

There was a nice write-up about him in the local paper, but I question the left-handed compliment-type headline. Maybe I’m just overly sensitive.

Omri Casspi interacts with his family during the Grizzlies open practice and scrimmage for fans at the FedExForum on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

College basketball begins tonight. If I feel ambitious, I’ll look into the Jewish component in the NCAA.

Jewps update, November 1, 2018

Posted on: November 1st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

(Jews + Hoops = Jewps)

As the sole representative of the Chosen People, all we have is Omri Casspi, of the Memphis Grizzlies (4-2, Fifth in Western Conference) so fingers crossed that he manages to remain healthy and productive over the NBA season. Otherwise, we have bupkis.

Here’s a quick recap of Omri’s accomplishments to date. He did not play in the Grizlies’ season opener, a 111-83 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

2018-19 Regular Season Table
G Date Opp GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS GmSc +/-
1 2018-10-19 ATL W (+14) 0 24:03 4 8 .500 0 2 .000 3 6 .500 1 3 4 2 0 0 0 2 11 8.0 +1
2 2018-10-22 @ UTA W (+8) 0 10:15 1 2 .500 0 1 .000 2 2 1.000 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 5.0 +7
3 2018-10-24 @ SAC L (-5) 0 10:16 2 4 .500 1 2 .500 0 0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 5 5.0 +8
4 2018-10-27 PHO W (+21) 0 14:03 2 2 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 1 .000 0 3 3 3 0 0 1 0 5 6.0 +27
5 2018-10-30 WAS W (+12) 0 14:31 3 6 .500 1 1 1.000 1 2 .500 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 2 8 5.7 -6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/1/2018.

Not into any fantasy sports, so I don’t know exactly what this means.

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Jewps update, October 25, 2018

Posted on: October 25th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Omri CasspiOmri Casspi scored five points in 10 bench minutes as the Memphis Grizzlies (2-2) fell to the host Sacramento Kings, just one of the Israeli’s former teams, 97-92.

Casspi also was credited with three rebounds, one assist, and a steal (and one turnover).

Joops Update (Oct. 22, 2018)

Posted on: October 22nd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

(Because Jews + hoops = Joops)

Memphis Grizzlies Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) reacts to a foul near Grizzlies Omri Casspi (18) in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)Omri Casspi made his 2018 debut with the Memphis Grizzles on Friday, scoring 11 points in 24 minutes off the bench to help his team beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks, 131-117.

The 30-year-old Israeli import — and the only Jew in the league at this point — hit on four of eight field goal attempts (missing both tries from three-point land) and three of six foul shots. He also pulled down four rebounds and made two assists.

Casspi — who seems to have missed more than his share of games due to various injuries and coaches’ ennui — did not appear in the season opener, a 111-83 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

The Grizzlies (1-1) are his seventh team in his nine-year NBA career,: Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Kings (again), New Orleans Pelicans (for whom he scored 12 points in his only appearance before before getting hurt), Minnesota Timberwolves, Kings (again!), and the Golden State Warriors, who mercilessly released him with two games left on the schedule last year. I can’t figure out why he can’t stick since he’s generally regarded as a great teammate and a solid bench player. Maybe this is his year.

 

Playing catch-up

Posted on: October 5th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Had a great time in London, but the timing meant that I missed quite a bit in the world of sports. So very quickly…

I’ll be doing a full JML season recap in the days to come. For now, know that of the eight teams in the Division Series, five have Jews on their roster including:

  • Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Ian Kinsler, Boston Red Sox
  • Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
  • Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Max Fried, Atlanta Braves

Pederson —  who set a franchise record for most lead-off home runs in the regular season — gave the Dodgers the only run they would need in a 6-0 whitewash over the visiting Atlanta Braves with a two-strike, lead-off home run.

Fried walked one and struck out one in 1.1 innings of relief.

Braun was 2-for-5 as the Brewers took Game One in their NLDS match-up with the visiting Colorado Rockies, 3-2 in 10 innings.

Kinsler and the Sox host the Yankees in Game One tonight. As I post this, Bregman and the Astros are hosting the Cleveland Indians.

Onward…

Hard to believe, but the NHL Season began this week. Here are the Jice-men:

Brandon Leipsic scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Vancouver Canucks (1-0-0) in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Flames on Wednesday. The decider can 2:20 into the third period. Leipsic played just 8:27.

Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0-0), played 14:55 in a 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (0-1-0), played 23:39 in a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars last night.

Jakob Chychrun, also on the Coyotes, has a bad knee and has not been cleared for contact.

Jason Zucker played 19:38 for the Minnesota Wild (0-1-0) in their 4-1 loss to the host Colorado Avalanche last night.

Andre Burakovsky played 14:04 in the Washington Capital’s opener, a 7-0 win over the visiting Boston Bruins, on Wednesday. The next day, the Caps (1-0-1) lost a wild one to the host Pittsburgh Penguins, 7-6, in overtime. He played 10:16 in that one.

Veteran Michael Cammalleri — the leader in goals scored among Jewish NHLers — is currently inactive.

Onward…

Over in the NBA, Omri Casspi has found a home: he is a member, once again, of the Memphis Grizzlies. Their season begins October 17 against the host Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately, the fragile Israeli is hurt again, although it doesn’t look too serious.

Finally…

Over in the NFL…

Week Five began last night as the New England Patriots (3-2, second in the AFC East) beat the Indianapolis Colts, 38-24.  Free safety Nate Ebner appeared on 24 special teams plays (77 percent).

Tackle Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all 78 offensive plays a plus another five (18 percent) for the Kansas City Chiefs (4-0, first in AFC West) in their 27-23 win over the host Denver Broncos.

Tackle Ali Marpet appeared on all 63 offensive plays plus two more (7 percent) on special teams as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, third in the NFC South) in their 48-10 loss to the host Chicago Bears.

Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 21 special teams plays (72 percent) for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1, T-3 AFC North) in their 26-14 loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

Kicker Greg Joseph was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts (25 and 28 yards) for the Cleveland Browns (1-2-1, T-3, AFC North) in their 45-42 overtime loss to the host Oakland Raiders. He also made two PATs.

Rookie QB Josh Rosen made his first NFL start as the Arizona Cardinals dropped to 0-4 (fourth in NFC West) with their 20-17 loss to the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Rosen completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 180 yards and a touchdown (no interceptions). He also rushed for five yards on one rush.

 

   
 

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