Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi was hospitalized Saturday in Orlando, Florida after complaining about severe stomach pains.
The Cavaliers were in town to face the Orlando Magic, but Casspi was unable to play due to the abdominal pain that forced him to remain in the hospital overnight. The 24-year-old informed team doctors about the agonizing pain in which they diagnosed as acute appendicitis. Casspi was rushed to the Orlando Regional Medical Center where he had surgery to remove his appendix. The doctors at the hospital thought it would be wise to keep him until Sunday to make sure everything was copacetic.
The Cavaliers did not need Casspi to be victorious as they went on to defeat the Magic 118-94.
The Israel native is in his second season with Cleveland after spending two years with the Sacramento Kings, the team that selected him 23rd overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Cavaliers acquired Casspi in a trade in 2011 when they dealt J.J. Hickson for him and a first-round draft pick.
Casspi is averaging 4.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 11.4 minutes per game this season while shooting 36.7 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. The majority of his statistics are career lows, as he simply does not get enough playing time to be productive.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward will not have to travel far if he wishes to meet back up with his team. The Cavaliers will be taking on former Cleveland icon LeBron James and the Miami Heat in South Beach Sunday night.