On Thursday, Brooklyn Nets forward Yuta Watanabe was demoted for Friday night’s road game against the Indiana Pacers. The fifth-year player is still recovering from a right foot injury.
According to medical staff, Watanabe could return this Sunday, when the Nets host the Portland Trail Blazers at the Barclays Center. The Nets are 9-10 through 19 games and are 10th overall in the Eastern Conference.
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Here is the Nets injury report for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving game against the Pacers.
Warren (left leg – injury recovery) – out
Watanabe (right hamstring strain) – out
Williams (G League – two-way) – left
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In 14 games off the bench this season, Watanabe averaged 8.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. Additionally, he is shooting a career-high 60.9% from the floor and 57.1% from three-point range.
In fact, the 28-year-old leads the NBA in three-point percentage, and the forward’s true shooting percentage is a career-best 78.1 percent. Watanabe’s one-year, $1.8 million deal with the Nets was a steal for the organization.
“He got an MRI [exam] He has a hamstring strain in Philly and Utah,” Nets coach Jacques Vaughn said Wednesday night before the Nets beat the Raptors 112-98 in Toronto.
Nets forward Yuta Watanabe has ruled out Friday’s road game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against the Pacers.
On Sunday, Watanabe suffered a hamstring injury in Brooklyn’s 127-115 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The wing finished with 16 points, three boards and three assists in 25 minutes.
“So we’ll reassess it when we get home,” Vonn added. “They definitely miss him. I spoke a little. [Tuesday] How I put less pressure, because it gives us the ability to play big and small.
Last Thursday, Watanabe scored a season-high 20 points in 29 minutes of play in the Nets’ 109-107 win over the Trail Blazers. He shot 5-of-7 (71.4%) from the field and made five three-pointers in seven attempts.
NBA leader in 3-PT%: Yuta Watanabe 🎯 pic.twitter.com/lCdd0jxhwC
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“And that’s where we missed him, so we had to run Royce [O’Neale] “He’s going to start playing 38, 39, 40 minutes a little longer,” the Nets coach continued. “So it puts pressure on the team as a whole.
We only want him [Watanabe] Confidence and to hit the opportunities you get there. He makes the game so easy, and we have guys who are willing to sacrifice their bodies night after night. We want to reward them especially when they shoot the ball.
Other players for Brooklyn include TJ Warren (left foot) and Alondes Williams (G League).
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Nets have a 55.9% chance of beating the Pacers on Friday. Sportsbooks show Brooklyn as a three-point favorite on the road.