The opponent of the return battle is Grizzlies of the old nest “There was something deeply emotional”
Yuta Watanabe of the Raptors finally made a comeback in the Grizzlies match on November 24th. Watanabe, who demonstrated his defensive power by deciding a block shot immediately after standing on the court, recorded 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in about 14 minutes of play, which greatly contributed to the come-from-behind victory at 126-113. ..
Watanabe left the battlefield with a pain in his left leg after participating in one pre-season game. Taking into account the actual battle for the first time in about two months, he said, “I was able to make a good contribution in the defense part. I am grateful for the evaluation in the part other than the score, but I have to appeal in the score part as well.” I made a self-assessment.
In the first minute of the final quarter, Dillon Brooks’ dunk was clean-blocked to prevent a goal. Although the foul was once judged, Nick Nurse head coach without hesitation requested a coach challenge that can only be applied once per game, and the judgment was overturned as an appropriate block. Immediately before the block, Watanabe brought it from the transition to the layup while receiving contact with the opponent, but the foul was not called and the shot was missed and the regret was exuded. For this reason, he said, “I personally appreciate the challenge because my play was influenced by the referee twice in a row,” he said thanks to the nurse head coach.
I feel that it was destined that the opponent of the return battle was Grizzlies of the old nest. The Grizzlies were the first team Watanabe played as an NBA player, but he was also a team that had a bad time with no playtime, no matter how many results he achieved in the G League. Watanabe has long said that the last two years have been a necessary time, but that feeling has not changed.
“I hear a lot of opinions from people around me, but I think it was important for me to spend two years at the Grizzlies, where I was ready. I didn’t have much time to play on this court, but as an NBA player for the first time. It was a place where I stood, and I was deeply moved. “
We were able to win this contract with the Raptors because we continued our efforts without giving up during the Grizzlies era. It was the best restart for Watanabe who recovered from the injury.