Watanabe Ruled Out for Sunday Clash Against Jazz

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 02: Yuta Watanabe #18 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on November 02, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 132-121. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Yuta Watanabe, nursing a left quad contusion, won’t be in action for the upcoming game against the Jazz this Sunday.

Throughout this season, Watanabe has consistently contributed, featuring in all 12 games as a valuable reserve for the Suns.

In the recent 131-128 victory against Utah, Watanabe wrapped up the game with only three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and two rebounds, spending a mere 10 minutes on the court.

This marked his season-low playing time, resulting in minimal statistical output. Over the past eight games, he has failed to exceed seven points, maintaining an average of 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game.

With Watanabe sidelined, it presents an opportunity for Keita Bates-Diop and Nassir Little to step up, gaining additional minutes in his absence.

Watanabe’s next chance to hit the court will be when the Suns take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday in their ongoing in-season tournament.

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