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C.J. Watson | Guard

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/17/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 180
College: Tennessee
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C.J. Watson managed nine points and two assists in 15 minutes during the Pacers Game 1 loss against the Wizards.
Watson has been dealing with a hip pointer issue since Game 6 of the first round against the Hawks, which may explain his limited minutes. Still, he was one of few to have a decent shooting night in Game 1's blowout loss, and may be in line for more playing time as Indiana looks to even the series on Wednesday. May 6 - 5:11 PM

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C.J. Watson (hip) sat out of practice on Wednesday due to a hip pointer.

He and fellow point guard George Hill both have hip pointers, but both are expected to be fine for Thursday's Game 6. The Pacers have used more two-PG sets in the playoffs and Watson has been effective in his 22.2 minutes per game, headlined by his 53.3 percent from beyond the arc. He'll continue to be the main backcourt scoring piece in the second unit.
Apr 30 - 2:32 PM

C.J. Watson, who scored 20 points in Sunday's victory, will be rested as a precaution on Wednesday.

Watson recently returned from a hamstring injury, as well as an elbow injury that has plagued him for years, so it makes sense for Indiana to play it safe. Watson has the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio on the Pacers, behind Evan Turner, Donald Sloan and George Hill, so his presence is critical given that Indiana ranks 28th in assists per game.
Apr 15 - 2:38 PM

C.J. Watson scored 20 points vs. the Thunder on Sunday with three boards, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers.

The Pacers probably would not have won this game without Watson and his clutch shooting. It also may not be a coincidence the Pacers struggled badly while Watson was out with his hamstring and elbow injuries, so maybe he can help his teammates figure out how to play team ball again. Still, his extra opportunity today was due to George Hill getting into foul trouble, so Watson isn't someone to pick up unless Hill gets another game of rest, which isn't happening.
Apr 13 - 4:16 PM

C.J. Watson (hamstring) will return on Wednesday vs. the Bucks and will see limited minutes.

He will come off the bench perhaps to keep him in his usual role. Considering Watson will be limited, Donald Sloan has a very good chance to see minutes in the 30s tonight against a vulnerable Bucks defense. With Watson not at 100 percent, it's going to be tough to play him in a spot-start.
Apr 9 - 2:25 PM

C.J. Watson (elbow, hamstring) practiced on Tuesday and hopes to return to action on Wednesday.

Head coach Frank Vogel suggested that he'll rest his key players for some of the Pacers' final four games, so Watson may find himself with solid minutes off the bench if George Hill and/or Lance Stephenson earn a precautionary DNP-CD.
Apr 8 - 6:19 PM

C.J. Watson revealed that his long-term absence has been due mainly to his sore elbow, rather than his strained hamstring.

He has missed 17 of the past 18 games and it's not encouraging that his elbow bothers him, as the injury stems from a dislocation two years ago, but at least he's on the verge of returning. Although his backup role doesn't lend itself to fantasy value, the Pacers will take any production they can get to stop their current slide in the standings.
Apr 7 - 9:09 AM

C.J. Watson (hamstring) is hoping that he can return for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

Watson hasn't played in a game since March 14, and the Pacers second unit has struggled a bit in his absence. Watson is a guy whose real life value is much more important than his fantasy value as he's averaging just 6.3 points and 1.7 assists through 60 games with Indy. He can remain on the wire in most leagues.
Apr 6 - 11:17 AM

C.J. Watson (hamstring) hasn't made much progress since being injured on March 14, and his return date is uncertain.

Watson was hoping to play around April 9 but this casts doubt on that timetable, and the Pacers can only hope to have their primary reserve PG healthy for the postseason. He's been ruled out of Friday's game against the Raptors.
Apr 3 - 4:03 PM

C.J. Watson (hamstring) is likely a week away from returning to the lineup.

He missed eight games with his current hamstring ailment and also had an elbow injury keep him out four games this month, so Watson has seen just eight minutes of action since Mar. 4. The Pacers aren't exactly playing great ball and it is partially due to their second unit not playing well. Watson can be cut in all leagues.
Mar 30 - 2:20 PM

C.J. Watson (strained hamstring) does not expect to play this week.

Watson has missed 10 of the Pacers' past 11 games and he doesn't want the injury to linger into the playoffs, so he'll stay on the shelf until he's closer to 100 percent. George Hill gains the most in his absence, by soaking up extra minutes, while Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner each handle extra backup PG duties.
Mar 25 - 5:10 PM

C.J. Watson (hamstring) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Bulls.

It will be the eighth game Watson has missed out of the last nine. George Hill is going to play 34-38 minutes again.
Mar 21 - 10:34 AM

C.J. Watson is not expected to play for the Pacers on Wednesday due to his hamstring injury.

Watson has missed a few games with the injury, leaving more minutes for starter George Hill, while Evan Turner has been playing some point guard as well.
Mar 18 - 2:16 PM

C.J. Watson (right hamstring) will not play on Monday vs. the Sixers.

After missing time with an elbow injury, Watson pulled his hamstring over the weekend. The Pacers will give Evan Turner some extra responsibilities with the second unit, but he's not likely going to be enough of a factor to be counted on in standard leagues.
Mar 17 - 5:31 PM

C.J. Watson (right hamstring strain) will not play vs. the Pistons on Saturday.

Watson had just returned from an elbow injury before hurting himself on Friday, and the setback comes at a poor time for Indiana since Donald Sloan will also miss Saturday's game for personal reasons. Their absence should allow Evan Turner to handle most of the Pacers' backup PG duties.
Mar 15 - 12:07 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1George Hill
2C.J. Watson
3Donald Sloan
SG1Rodney Stuckey
2C.J. Miles
3Rasual Butler
SF1Solomon Hill
2Damjan Rudez
3Paul George
PF1David West
2Luis Scola
3Chris Copeland
4Arinze Onuaku
C1Roy Hibbert
2Ian Mahinmi
3Lavoy Allen