Yuta Watanabe Appears on Suns’ Injury Report Ahead of Jazz Showdown

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, dealing with a left quad contusion, may be in doubt for the upcoming game against the Jazz on Sunday as he’s listed questionable.

Throughout this season, Watanabe has been a consistent contributor, participating in all 12 games as a valuable bench player for the Suns. Despite his reliability in the rotation, his impact on fantasy performance has been limited.

In the recent 131-128 triumph over Utah, Watanabe concluded the game with merely three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and two rebounds, logging a mere 10 minutes on the court.

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

If Watanabe is unable to play, it would create an opportunity for Keita Bates-Diop and Nassir Little to step up, gaining additional minutes in his absence.

If Yuta is unable to participate in the upcoming clash against the Utah Jazz, his next chance to hit the court will come when the Suns face the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday in their ongoing in-season tournament.

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