Yuta Watanabe to miss next two games with hamstring injury

Oct 29, 2022;  Brooklyn, New York, USA;  Brooklyn Nets forward Yuta Watanabe (18) leaps in the air to make a pass against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter at Barclays Center.  Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 29, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Yuta Watanabe (18) leaps in the air to make a pass against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports / © Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Here is the latest news and possible return dates for nets players…

Nov. 23, 6:15pm

Nets coach Jacques Vaughn revealed prior to Wednesday’s game against the Raptors that Yuta Watanabe will miss at least the next two games with a hamstring injury.

Vaughn said that Watanabe had an MRI done while the team was in Philadelphia and it revealed the 28-year-old has a hamstring strain. Watanabe will miss the Raptors game and the Pacers game in Indiana on Friday.

The team will reassess when they get back to New York after Friday’s game.

Nov. 20, 12:14pm

The Nets cleared Kyrie Irving to play on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies after the point guard completed all of the team-issued prerequisites to return.

Irving was suspended from the team on Nov. 3 and has missed eight games over the last two weeks. He spoke to SNY’s Ian Begley in an exclusive interview Saturdayformally apologizing for posting a link to a film containing antisemitic material and shared his message to the Jewish community.

“I just want to apologize deeply for all my actions throughout the time that it’s been since the post was first put up,” Irving told SNY. “I’ve had a lot of time to think. But my focus, initially, if I could do it over, would be to heal and repair a lot of my close relationships with my Jewish relatives, brothers and sisters.”

The Nets issued a statement on Irving’s return, per The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer:

“Kyrie took ownership of his journey and had conversations with several members of the Jewish community. We are pleased that he is going about the process in a meaningful way.”

Additionally, center Nic Claxton missed Sunday’s game due to personal reasons, and is expected to return to the team Monday, per Schiffer.

Nov. 14, 9:25pm

The Nets listed Nic Claxton (left eye contusion) and Seth Curry (left ankle injury management) as probable for Tuesday night’s game at the Sacramento Kings.

Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and Yuta Watanabe (lower back contusion) are listed as questionable.

TJ Warren (left foot) remains out, as does Kyrie Irvingwho remains suspended.

Nov. 14, 12:34 am

Nic Claxton left Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Lakers with a left eye bruise.

Claxton started and scored eight points on a 4-for-4 mark from the field in 16 minutes.

After the game, a 116-103 Nets loss, Claxton told reporters that he plans to play in Tuesday’s 10 pm game at the Sacramento Kings.

Nov. 13, 9:30pm

Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and Seth Curry (left ankle injury management) are out for the Nets’ game at the Los Angeles Lakers, while Yuta Watanabe (left ankle sprain) is back.

The Nets entered Sunday in the second game of a back-to-back after Saturday’s 110-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Against the Lakers, Brooklyn went with a starting five of Edmond Sumner, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant, Royce O’Neale and Nic Claxton.

Nov. 9, 6:07pm

Nets head coach Jacques Vaughn spoke to media Wednesday prior to the team’s matchup with the Knicks, and said that Yuta Watanabe (sprained left ankle) underwent an MRI and will hopefully return to the court soon.

“I’m missing Yuta, that’s the first part of that timeline,” Vaughn said. “He had an MRI today and good thing it’s not severe, so hopefully next couple days get him to progress. We missed him in Dallas, we ended up playing Royce [O’Neale] 40 minutes because of that. So Yuta’s really been a utility person for us and able to serve in a lot of roles.”

Watanabe averaged 5.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.2 minutes this season over nine games before suffering the injury against the Mavericks on Monday.

Nov. 7, 10:44pm

Nets wing Yuta Watanabe exited Monday’s game at the Dallas Mavericks with an injury.

Watanabe suffered a sprained left ankle, according to Brooklynearly in the second quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the contest.

Royce O’Neale entered for Watanabe at the second quarter’s 9:15 mark and the Nets holding a 35-34 lead.

The Nets trailed the Mavs 53-50 at halftime.

In five minutes off the bench, Watanabe scored three points on 1-of-3 shooting from long range.

Through nine games, entering Monday’s action, Watanabe averaged 5.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.2 minutes.

Nov. 7, 11:55 am

Ben Simmons (knee) will return to game action on Monday when the Nets play the Dallas Mavericks, he told reporters.

Simmons said he “feels great” and thinks he will be limited to about 20 minutes during his return.

Simmons did not travel with the Nets for their games against the Wizards on Friday in Washington, DC, and the Hornets in Charlotte on Saturday, and has missed four straight games.

Simmons is averaging 6.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 7.3 assists over 31.8 minutes per game over six contests this season.

Nov. 4, 9:50pm

Nets interim head coach Jacques Vaughn said after Friday’s win against the Wizards that Joe Harris (ankle) and Seth Curry (ankle) will be available for Saturday’s game against the Hornets in Charlotte.

Harris played Friday, but as he comes back from ankle surgery the team is being cautious with his minutes. Curry has been dealing with an ankle injury and has missed the last three games.

Oct. 31, 5:50pm

The Nets announced that Ben Simmons is out for Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers due to left knee soreness.

The team hopes that Simmons will return to the court Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Oct. 31, 3:00pm

Prior to Monday’s game against the Pacers, the Nets downgraded both Ben Simmons and Seth Curry.

Simmons was originally not on the injury report, but has seen been designated as questionable for Monday’s game with what the team calls left knee soreness. Simmons did play in all six of Brooklyn’s games this season, including 35 minutes in Saturday’s loss to Indiana.

Curry, who has been dealing with an ankle injury that cost him the first week of the regular season, was downgraded from questionable to out. He’s played in just one game this season, so far.

The team did report that this is a part of their injury management with Curry.

Oct. 29, 6:47pm

With tipoff approaching between the Nets and Pacers at Barclays Center, Brooklyn announced that guard Seth Curry is officially available to play.

Curry, who has been recovering from a left ankle injury, will look to help the Nets break a three-game losing skid, as they’ve started the season just 1-4.

Oct. 29, 11:10 am

The Nets listed Seth Curry (ankle) as questionable for Saturdays game at home against the Indiana Pacers.

Curry has yet to play in a game this season as he recovers from a left ankle injury.

The 32-year-old did not commit to playing on Saturday, but plans to go through his pregame routine to see how he feels before tip-off, according to The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer.

Oct. 24, 7:37pm

Seth Curry (ankle) traveled with the Nets for this week’s two-game road trip but will not play in Monday’s 8 pm matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies or Wednesday’s 7:30 pm battle against the Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash explained.

“(Curry) traveled and we’re just monitoring him still,” Nash told reporters Monday, via Brian Lewis the New York Post. “He’s doing well. I’d say he’s out for Wednesday, but we’ll see whether Thursday, Saturday or the subsequent games. It’s coming soon.”

The Nets return to Brooklyn for a four-game homestand that starts with a 7:30 pm tip-off Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.

Back-to-back 7:30 pm starts with the Indiana Pacers follow Saturday and Monday, before Tuesday’s 7:30 pm final against the Chicago Bulls.

Oct. 21, 7:25pm

Prior to Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, head coach Steve Nash gave an update on Seth Curry (ankle).

“Probably just needs a couple more practices,” Nash said. “He’s progressing, feeling good about it.”

Nash believes that Curry will be able to travel with the team next week when they face the Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks. It’s yet unclear if or when he’ll play on the upcoming trip.

Joe Harris (foot) is activated for Friday’s game, but will come off the bench.

Oct. 20, 5:45pm

Joe Harris (foot) is being listed as probable for Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Harris was inactive for Wednesday’s season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans, even though the sharpshooter hoped to make his return for the first game of the season. The 31-year-old played in just 14 games last season before undergoing surgery.

Oct. 12, 9:10pm

Nets coach Steve Nash gave an update on Joe Harris‘ progress Wednesday prior to the team’s preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

According to ESPN’s Nick Friedell, Nash said that Harris (foot) is feeling better and progressing in the right direction. He also said that he’s optimistic he’ll be ready for the season opener. Harris also said he’s optimistic he can play in the regular season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 19.

Harris underwent ankle surgery in November 2021 and had another procedure done in March 2022, and will look to get back on the court in almost a year.

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