Casspi breaks thumb in Pelicans debut, out about 4 weeks
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Omri Casspi has broken his right thumb in his first game with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Casspi says he's expected to miss about four weeks but hopes he can return a little sooner than that.
The forward says he jammed the thumb on his shooting hand while trying to defend Houston guard Eric Gordon in the third quarter of the Pelicans' 129-99 loss to the Rockets on Thursday night.
He says he briefly remained in the game but opted for an X-ray after it swelled up and learned it was broken.
Casspi scored 12 points while playing just under 24 minutes.
Casspi was acquired by New Orleans on Sunday night in a trade with Sacramento that also brought DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans.