In the Clippers' 98-93 victory over the Rockets on Saturday, Sam Cassell was scoreless in just eight minutes -- all in the first half. Because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, he might soon be playing a lot less.
"I've got to get this out of my system, so I might have to sit down," Cassell told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday night. "I need to be on the floor to help this basketball team, but with me playing eight or nine minutes here, 10 minutes there ... it's just not going to work. I just can't do my job this way.
"I have a high threshold for pain, and I play through pain, but I can't be effective if I keep doing what I'm doing," he told the Times. "When your team needs you, you want to be there for them, but this thing is no joke."
Cassell has played at least 25 minutes only once in Los Angeles' last seven games, sitting out two. Cassell told the Times that it was difficult for him to run and shoot.
"I know this team relies on me to make shots, but I just can't do it because I don't have the physical ability to do it," Cassell told the Times. "This injury affects your balance. You can't explode, and you can't stop.
"I've really surprised myself with what I can do, but I'm in so much pain afterward when I play. I don't want to let these guys down, but I can't keep doing what I'm doing. Something has to change," he said.