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Omri Casspi expected to return to action on Wednesday

Kimani Okearah

In a season full of both ups and downs, Omri Casspi has been a consistent bright spot for the Sacramento Kings this season.  Casspi is averaging career-highs across the board and is among the top Small Forwards in the NBA in terms of Field Goal Percentage (51.5%) and Three Point Percentage (47.7%).  The Kings have missed Casspi over the past week however as he's been dealing with a back injury that has caused him to miss the last three games.

Fortunately, it appears Casspi will be returning to action as soon as Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.  James Ham reports:

"Everyday that goes by it's better," Casspi said. "Hopefully no setbacks tonight or tomorrow morning. I had a good practice, I feel good."

The Kings have tried just about everything to get the Casspi back on the court sooner, but the soreness in his upper back and shoulder is just now working its way out. Casspi said he received treatment early in the morning before practice and he expects to play in the crucial set of games in front of the Kings.

"It's part of an NBA season," Casspi said. "We have a lot of games left and I feel like it's our time now to take a big step forward. We have a big test on Wednesday (and) Thursday, this week in general."

Quincy Acy has been starting for the Kings in Casspi's absence and has done a good job of providing energy on both ends of the floor.  It remains to be seen what coach George Karl decides to do to the starting lineup and/or rotation now that Casspi's back.  Players like Acy and rookie Willie Cauley-Stein definitely deserve playing time, but someone tends to get left out when the Kings are at full health.

Regardless, it's good to see the Kings get back one of their most important players during what will be a crucial upcoming stretch.