Houston Rockets: Grading Omri Casspi’s Peformance Vs. The L.A. Clippers

By canaancadwell

November 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Omri Casspi (18) moves the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets faced a tough opponent last night against the Los Angeles Clippers, and came up short, losing 137-118. With the Rockets offensive struggles from star players James Harden and Dwight HowardOmri Casspi played a big role in Monday night’s game. Casspi contributed 19 points off the bench, and was the leading scorer for the Rockets. He went 6 for 12 from the field, and shot 50 percent(3 for 6) from the 3-pt line. Casspi’s minutes could increase after this game, and could bring energy off the bench if the starters are struggling like they did last night. The Rockets signed Casspi to a multi-deal because they knew he was a 3-pt specialist from the power forward position, and this offensive weapon could benefit the Rockets in the long run.

A clip of Casspi Three 3’s in a row:

Casspi also grabbed 9 total rebounds, with 2 of them on the offensive end. Last season, Casspi only averaged 2.7 rebounds a game. Rockets fans would love to see more of this from him off the bench.

A clip of an And 1 floater from Casspi:

Casspi also dished out 4 assists and recorded 2 steals last night, but had 4 turnovers in 28 minutes of play. If he wants a significant role on this team, he will have to limit turnovers and play smarter offensively this season. Casspi averaged 4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and only 0.7 assists in the 12′-13′ season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This season, he’s already upped those totals to 11.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in the first four games of the season. There were many good things to say from the way Casspi played , as he looked like a legitimate sixth man last night.

Grade: B+