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.
Watanabe was recalled from the G League's Memphis Hustle ahead of Monday's game against the Pelicans.
Though Watanabe will be an option for the Grizzlies, it's uncertain if he'll be one of the team's 13 active players for the contest. Even if he dresses, Watanabe seems unlikely to see the floor unless the game turns into a blowout.
Watanabe was assigned to G League's Memphis Hustle following the Grizzlies' 110-93 loss Monday to the Warriors.
After making his third appearance at the NBA level just two days ago, Watanabe will rejoin the Hustle and stick with the affiliate at least through the weekend with the four-day G League Winter Showcase on tap in Las Vegas. Fellow two-way player D.J. Stephens and second-year forward Ivan Rabb will also take part in the event.
Watanabe (concussion) played four minutes Monday in the Grizzlies' 110-93 loss to the Warriors, finishing with two points (1-2 FG) and one rebound.
Watanabe's usage off the bench confirms that he's cleared the NBA's concussion protocol, which had kept him unavailable for the last few games. The rookie forward isn't a rotation option for the Grizzlies and might have been inactive for this contest if Mike Conley (hamstring) hadn't been ruled out beforehand.
Watanabe is progressing through the NBA's concussion protocol.
Watanabe hasn't played in nearly a month, but the Grizzlies said Wednesday that he's on track to return to basketball activities within the week.
Watanabe had zero points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, and one block in eight minutes during Wednesday's 116-113 win over the Bucks.
Watanabe recorded his first career block in this his second appearance. He was one of nine Grizzlies to see the floor in this one, as injuries to Omri Casspi (knee), Ivan Rabb (illness), JaMychal Green (jaw), Chandler Parsons (knee), and Dillon Brooks (knee) have left coach J.B. Bickerstaff scrambling for solutions. Regardless, Watanabe can left on waiver wires across all formats.
Watanabe finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and two assists in Friday's win over the Vipers.
Watanabe has only played three games for the Hustle thus far, but Friday's contest was by far the rookie's best, tying with Jevon Carter for a game-high 25 points. Shooting over 60 percent from the field certainly helps, but it's worth pointing out the two-way player also played a whopping 39 minutes in the contest.
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