Nets’ Yuta Watanabe will miss rest of trip with hamstring injury

TORONTO — The Nets will be without rapidly developing glue guy Yuta Watanabe at least through the rest of their current road trip.

The fan favorite has a strained right hamstring and won’t play at least until Sunday against the Trail Blazers at Barclays Center.

“He got an MRI [exam] in Philly and Yuta has a hamstring strain,” Jacque Vaughn said before the Nets beat the Raptors 112-98 on Wednesday night, adding that he would miss that game and the game Friday at Indiana. “So we’ll reassess him when we get back home.

“Definitely miss him. I spoke a little bit [Tuesday] of how I put a little bit of strain, because it gives us the ability to play big and small. And there was a stretch where we just missed him, so we had to run Royce [O’Neale] a little bit longer, he ends up playing 38, 39, 40 minutes. So it puts a strain on the group overall.”

Watanabe, who was leading the league in 3-point percentage (.571) and true shooting (.781), played with the Raptors from 2020-22.

Yuta Watanabe puts up a shot during the Nets’ win over the Grizzlies earlier in the season.Corey Sipkin

“He’s the best shooter in the world right now,” Kyrie Irving said of Watanabe. “The stats prove it right now. He’s the best shooter in the best league in the world right now.

“So we just want him to remain confident and…

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