Watanabe has been transferred from the G League to the NBA and will be available for Sunday's game against the Timberwolves.
Watanabe has appeared in just one NBA game this season, seeing three minutes and posting four points and one rebound. It's possible he sees the court again, especially since the Grizzlies are dealing with some injuries.
Watanabe tallied 22 points (8-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block across 39 minutes of G League action during Monday's 119-96 win over the Red Claws.
Watanabe's balanced effort earned him a plus-16 rating Monday. He's come on strong lately in the scoring department for the Hustle, posting more than 20 points in three consecutive games.
Watanabe registered 24 points (10-15 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 40 minutes during Friday's 113-111 G League win over the Blue.
Watanabe's efficient shooting continued Friday, as he made two-thirds of his field goals and went 3-for-5 from three. Through five games this season, Watanabe is averaging 15.1 points on 51.6 percent shooting along with 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 assists.
Watanabe scored 22 points (9-16 FG, 4-10 3Pt) to go along with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block during 37 minutes of G League play Monday against South Bay.
Watanabe launched 10 three-pointers, hitting four of them during his team-high 37 minutes Monday. He's proved to be a valuable contributor for the Hustle to start the year. Moving forward, the big man won't shy away from pulling up from beyond the arc as a means to stretch the floor for Memphis.
Watanabe will be with the Grizzlies for Saturday's game against the Mavericks, David Cobb of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Watanabe will provide rotational depth for the Grizzlies on Saturday as Brandon Clarke (rest) and Ja Morant (rest) have both been ruled out. Watanabe scored seven points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Friday's G-league victory over the Texas Legends.
Watanabe was assigned to the G League on Monday.
Watanabe is yet to see the floor for the Grizzlies, so he'll head down to the Memphis Hustle for an opportunity to see regular minutes at the G League level.
Watanabe will sit out Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League semifinals matchup with the Pelicans due to an unspecified injury, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Wallace notes that both Watanabe and John Konchar are feeling banged up, but the two are likely sitting out for precautionary purposes more than anything else. The Grizzlies have already gotten a good evaluation of Watanabe in the summer league, as he's averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game across four appearances.
Watanabe generated 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and seven rebounds across 22 minutes during the Grizzlies' 87-75 win over the Clippers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Sunday.
Watanabe put together a strong showing for the second time in as many summer league contests, and he's now averaging 13.5 points (on 50.0 percent shooting), 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across his first two games in Las Vegas. The second-year big will look to have more of a presence this coming season if he's able to latch on to a spot on the final roster, following a rookie campaign during which he averaged a modest 11.6 minutes over 15 games.
Watanabe will play in summer league for the Grizzlies.
Watanabe played a limited role for Memphis last season, totaling 174 minutes in 15 games. He'll look to continue his development over the summer.
Watanabe had zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one rebound in nine minutes during Saturday's 112-99 loss to the Timberwolves.
Watanabe saw his first action with the Grizzlies since Feb. 7. The 24-year-old forward has only appeared in 11 games thus far this season, so there's little reason to trust him for fantasy purposes.
Watanabe has been called up from the G League and is available for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
The Grizzlies are dealing with a variety of injuries, so Watanabe's presence is helpful. He hasn't played since early February. In a two-game stretch, he totaled 15 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal across 46 minutes.
Watanabe finished Monday's 126-115 win over the Skyforce with 26 points (8-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal.
It was only the third double-double of the season for the two-way player, and the first time since January 25th Watanabe has scored 20 or more points in a given contest. The 24-year-old is averaging 14.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 30 games this season.
Watanabe (ankle) has been cleared to play Saturday against New Orleans.
Watanabe is battling left ankle soreness, but he'll be able to suit up Saturday. Over the past two games, he's totaled 15 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal across 46 minutes.
Watanabe is probable for Saturday's game against the Pelicans due to left ankle soreness.
Watanabe has been battling through an ankle injury of late but has come off the bench in each of the previous two matchups. He's expected to take the floor Saturday night despite being added to the injury report.
Watanabe compiled 10 points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 27 minutes during Thursday's 117-95 loss to the Thunder.
Watanabe had been listed as probable due to an ankle injury but ultimately was healthy enough to give it a go. Only eight players saw the court for Memphis, as the Grizzlies were one of the more active teams in advance of the trade deadline. As a result, Watanabe made his 10th career appearance and finished with career highs in points, rebounds, and minutes.
Watanabe (ankle) has been cleared to play Thursday against the Thunder.
After being listed as probable earlier in the day, it's no surprise that Watanable has been given the green light to take the court. He logged 19 minutes and scored five points while recording four rebounds in the Grizzlies' previous matchup with Minnesota on Tuesday.
Watanabe is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Thunder with a sore left ankle.
The Grizzlies have already ruled four players out for the contest and will likely be down additional bodies once the 3 p.m. EST trade deadline passes. With that in mind, expect Watanabe to play through the ankle issue and fill a role on Memphis' second unit, just as he did in Tuesday's win over the Timberwolves.
Watanabe played 19 minutes off the bench Tuesday in the Grizzlies' 108-106 win over the Timberwolves and contributed five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and four rebounds.
The Grizzlies were without eight players Tuesday, so Watanabe was summoned from the G League's Memphis Hustle out of necessity to provide an additional body off the bench. The rookie acquitted himself decently enough during his time on the court, but he'll be one of the top candidates to drop out of the rotation if the Grizzlies get any of the absent players back for Thursday's game in Oklahoma City.
Watanabe posted 24 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds and two assists across 36 minutes Tuesday for the G League's Memphis Hustle in their 113-106 loss to the South Bay Lakers.
Fresh off his fifth appearance of the season with the Grizzlies on Monday versus the Rockets, Watanabe returned to the Hustle in stellar form, pacing the affiliate in both scoring and boards. The two-way rookie is expected to see the bulk of his opportunities this season in the G League, where he's averaging 13.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 blocks in 34.1 minutes per game over 18 outings.
Watanabe is active Wednesday against the Spurs, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Wanatabe played just three minutes, recording two points, in Monday's tilt with the Pelicans. It's unlikely he'll see a larger role, and will probably continue to rotate between the G-League and NBA for the remainder of the season.
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