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Top Yuta Watanabe News
Suns' Yuta Watanabe: Joining Phoenix
Watanabe agreed to join the Suns on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Watanabe is coming off a career-best season with the Nets, averaging 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 three-pointers on 49.1 percent shooting from the field. He'll provide valuable floor spacing for the revamped roster in Phoenix, particularly from his favorite spots in the corners.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Back to bench
Watanabe is slated to come off the bench in Saturday's Game 1 matchup with Philadelphia.
Watanabe got a spot start in Brooklyn's regular-season finale due to the usual starters being rested. Now, look for him to return to his usual role of providing depth at forward.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Starting Sunday
Watanabe will start Sunday's regular-season finale against the 76ers, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
Watanabe will draw his first start of the season and will be joined by Patty Mills, Mikal Bridges, Cam Thomas and Day'Ron Sharpe. Watanabe should get some decent run with Brooklyn resting so many of their main guys, but he's not much more than a low-end, 3-point streamer in deep leagues.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Available Sunday
Watanabe (back) is available for Sunday's game against Charlotte, Meghan Triplett of GrindCityMedia.com reports.
Watanabe has been dealing with back soreness recently but will be able to suit up against the Hornets. However, he hasn't been a consistent part of Brooklyn's rotation following the trade deadline, and he isn't guaranteed to see much playing time Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Questionable vs. Hornets
Watanabe (back) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Hornets.
Back soreness has kept Watanabe out during the past four games. It remains to be seen what his role will be on the new-look Nets.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Won't play Friday
Watanabe has been ruled out for Friday's game against Boston due to back soreness, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Watanabe was available for Wednesday's game against the Knicks but didn't see any playing time. He continues to deal with back soreness and won't suit up Friday, but his absence shouldn't significantly impact Brooklyn's rotation.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Cleared Wednesday
Watanabe (back) is available for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reports.
Watanabe will be available after missing the previous contest due to back soreness, but it's unclear if he'll be part of the rotation. Before his absence, he made just three appearances over five games and totaled seven points in 18 minutes during that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Officially questionable Wednesday
Watanabe (back) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
Watanabe missed Tuesday's game against Milwaukee due to a sore back, and it's unclear whether he'll be available for the second half of the back-to-back set. His status shouldn't significantly impact the Nets' rotation.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Uncertain against Knicks
Coach Jacque Vaughn isn't sure if Watanabe (back) will be available for Wednesday's game versus the Knicks, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
Watanabe is questionable to miss his second straight game Wednesday due to back soreness. However, his potential absence shouldn't affect Brooklyn's rotation.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Out with back soreness
Watanabe (back soreness) is out Tuesday against the Bucks, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Watanabe has been a victim of the frontcourt logjam in Brooklyn and hasn't seen minutes in the double digits since Feb. 9.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Dazzles from deep Thursday
Watanabe finished with 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt), one rebound, two assists and one steal across 22 minutes during Thursday's 116-105 victory over Chicago.
Watanabe made four of his five three-point attempts and registered double-digit points just for the third time since the beginning of January. The forward remains one of the best long-range shooters in the league and has made 44.4 percent of his three-point attempts over his last 18 contests.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Good to go Thursday
Watanabe (back) will be available for Thursday's game versus the Bulls, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
Watanabe missed the Nets' previous game due to back soreness, but it looks like that's the only game he'll sit out. The 28-year-old wing will have a new rotation to navigate with Kevin Durant (Suns) and Kyrie Irving (Mavericks) gone, but he now has Dorian Finney-Smith, Mikal Bridges and Spencer Dinwiddie in the mix for minutes.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Questionable Thursday
Watanabe (back) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Bulls, Christian Arnold of Associated Press reports.
Watanabe missed Tuesday's game against the Suns due to back tightness, but he'll be in the mix to return to action for Thursday's matchup. However, Dorian Finney-Smith (coach's decision) will be available against Chicago, so Watanabe might not see much playing time if he's cleared to suit up.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Out Tuesday with tight back
Watanabe won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Suns due to back tightness, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
Watanabe likely picked up the injury at some point during the Nets' 124-116 loss to the Clippers on Monday, when he played 21 minutes and finished with zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three rebounds and three assists. He'll be one of five Nets players listed as out for the second half of the back-to-back, and Brooklyn could be further shorthanded at forward if T.J. Warren (shin) gets the night off after he returned Monday following a four-game absence. Even if Watanabe's back issue proves to be a short-term concern, he could still find himself on the fringe of head coach Jacque Vaughn's rotation in the Nets' next game Thursday against the Bulls, when new trade acquisition Dorian Finney-Smith should be available to make his team debut.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Shoots poorly against Celtics
Watanabe closed Wednesday's 139-96 loss to the Celtics with six points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes.
Watanabe carried a probable tag into Wednesday's game due to a minor back issue but still came close to his usual workload in what was ultimately a blowout. He's been red hot from the field this season and entered Wednesday's game shooting at a 53 percent clip, so he'll be looking to get back on track versus the Wizards on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
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