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20 Donatas Motiejunas PF
Height/Weight: 7-0/255 | Birthdate: 9/20/1990 | Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania | Team: Houston Rockets | College: No College | NBA Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 100/0
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Rockets PF Motiejunas: 'I will be ready for training camp'


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Rockets power forward Donatas Motiejunas is confident he will be ready for the start of training camp after undergoing back surgery, per The Houston Chronicle.

"No question about it," Motiejunas said. "I will be ready for training camp."

Motiejunas, who is still in the early stages of his rehab, averaged 12 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. 


Rockets' Donatas Motiejunas out for two-to-three months


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas has already been ruled out for the playoffs, but he could miss part of his offseason as well. 

Motiejunas has been out since March 25 after a back problem required a lumbar microdiscectomy.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Motiejunas said he'd be out for two-to-three months before returning to basketball activities. 

In 71 games this season, Motiejunas averaged 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists.


Rockets F Donatas Motiejunas (back) will miss rest of the season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a lower back injury, the team announced Thursday.

Motiejunas has been out since March 25 with a lower back strain. To help correct the issue, Motiejunas underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy Thursday.

In 71 games this season, Motiejunas averaged 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists.


Report: Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas will miss rest of season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Motiejunas has not played since March 25 because of a lower back strain. In 71 games, Motiejunas averaged 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds. Forward Corey Brewer should continue to see his role increase with Motiejunas out for the season.

The Rockets are reportedly still trying to decide if Motiejunas will need surgery to correct the issue or just more rest.


Rockets expect Motiejunas, Jones to return this season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) While forwards Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones are sidelined with injuries, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said he expects both players to return before the regular season ends, reports ESPN.com.

Motiejunas has been dealing with a lower back injury and is expected to remain out for at least another week, while Jones is suffering from a lung issue and has not played since March 19.


Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas to miss one to two weeks


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas is expected to miss one to two weeks while dealing with a lower back injury, the team announced. 

Motiejunas picked up the injury in Wednesday's game, but played through it. He has played nearly every game this season for Houston, averaging 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 71 games.


Rockets F Donatas Motiejunas (back) out Friday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/27/2015) Forward Donatas Motiejunas, will miss Friday's Rockets game after injuring his lower back during shootaround, per the Houston Chronicle. The move leaves the Rockets short-handed in the frontcourt, a big reason why they called up Clint Capela earlier in the day. Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Josh Smith will start. 

Rockets' Donatas Motiejunas (back) questionable for Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The Rockets have listed forward Donatas Motiejunas as questionable for Friday night's game against the Timberwolves, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Motejunas is on the injury report with lower back pain. 

Motejunas played Wednesday night against the Pelicans and scored 21 points and brought down eight rebounds. 


Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas scores 23 points in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas scored 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field, including a perfect 2 of 2 from 3-point range, in Houston's 107-94 win over the Magic Tuesday.

Motiejunas did well in every aspect of the game, pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out four assists. It was the fourth game in his last five scoring in double figures and first scoring over 20 since January.


Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas developing low post game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas has struggled to find his shot over the last three games. 

"The last couple games I think we're awful for me," Motiejunas said to the Houston Chronicle. "I couldn't catch the rhythm. I couldn't catch anything. I felt really bad. I missed practically layups. I really was not happy. I don't think anyone was happy. I appreciate the people who support me, the coaches, my teammates and the fans. It was tough for me, but I'm happy I'm back on track."

Motiejunas was able to find a bit more of a rhythm Saturday, going 6 of 9 from the field, totaling 18 points.

Coach Kevin McHale is glad to see the problem has gone away, at least for one game.

"He was going to get going again," McHale said. "I just thought D-Mo got tired playing a lot of centers. He'll be fine. He had a great stretch. Sometimes you just have a little bit of a fallback. This is hopefully a good game for him to get going again. I like a lot of stuff he did. He played well."


Rockets' Donatas Motiejunas scores career-high 26 Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Rockets power forward Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 26 points on 11 of 16 shooting, including 3 of 5 shooting from behind the arc, while hauling in 12 rebounds in his team's 93-87 win over the Celtics Friday.

Motiejunas matched his season-high in rebounds while topping his previous career high of 25 points, set in mid-December of this season.

"His size, first and foremost, was a problem. You could see that right out of the gate," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the game, per the Associated Press.

Motiejunas also chipped in one assist while posting his fifth double-double. The Rockets will square off with the Pistons Saturday.


Donatas Motiejunas fitting right in as a starter


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) The Rockets quickly abandoned the experiment of starting Josh Smith after four games, and the 1-3 record isn't the only reason for that move. The play of Donatas Motiejunas has been a much bigger reason, as the third-year big man has emerged as a truly reliable option for the Rockets next to Dwight Howard.

Motiejunas showed flashes of potential in his first two seasons, but never put it all together for long enough stretches to rely on. He was a bit too jumper happy, but couldn't hit even 30 percent of his shots from 3-point range. He has largely scrapped the perimeter aspect of his game, with 88.0 percent of his shots coming within 10 feet of the rim.

That might not seem to work too well with Dwight Howard around, but the duo has made it work of late, with Motiejunas averaging 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game on 61.9 percent shooting since returning to the starting lineup. He probably can't keep that kind of shooting up, but Motiejunas is clearly a good player, and they have figured out how to make him and Howard fit together.

Motiejunas can contribute just enough 3-point shooting to boost his Fantasy value, and it doesn't look like he's going anywhere. Though he would have even more value if he was eligible at center in CBSSports.com leagues, Motiejunas is a solid option to have around as a low-end starter at forward, and is a great handcuff for Howard. 


Rockets' Donatas Motiejunas doubles up on the Nets


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas posted a double-double on Monday against the Nets.

Motiejunas shot 8-11 from the field, including 1-1 from beyond the arc. He also sunk one free throw, finishing with 18 points. Motiejunas was active on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds. 


Rockets PF Donatas Motiejunas scores career-high 25 Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) Rockets power forward Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 25 points on 11 of 19 shooting, including 2 of 4 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 108-96 win over the Nuggets Saturday.

Motiejunas has become a scoring factor over the last two weeks, rattling off seven straight double-digit efforts. He finished just behind James Harden in field goals attempted on the Rockets while also delivering five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes. The Rockets will square off with the Nuggets again Wednesday.


Rockets to pick up options on Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Rockets intend to pick up the fourth-year option on the contracts of Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas, according to the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. Head coach Kevin McHale also indicated that the power forward position is an "open competition" heading into the start of training camp.

Donatas Motiejunas scores career-high 20 points


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas turned in an effecient performance on Thursday, scoring a career-high 20 points on 9 of 11 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from behind the arc, and 1 of 1 from the charity stripe in a 129-106 win over Minnesota.

Motiejunas did all of his damage in 26 minutes of game action, also adding six rebounds and one steal. He is averaging 7.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19.2 minutes over his last five games.

Donatas Motiejunas getting a bit more run


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas continues to see solid playing time, and he turned in his second double-digit scoring game in a row in a 134-108 win over the Lakers Wednesday.

Motiejunas scored his 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting in the game, including a pair of 3-pointers made. The big man also added five rebounds, one block, one assist and two steals as the Rockets won easily.

February has been Motiejunas' most productive month by a wide margin six games in. He has appeared in each game and is averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.  


Donatas Motiejunas records first career double-double


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Rockets center Donatas Motiejunas put together one of the best games of his career Wednesday, as he recorded his first double-double in a 117-115 win over the Mavericks.

Motiejunas played 26 minutes off the bench and snagged double digit rebounds for the first time in his career, finishing with 13 boards. He also scored 12 points in an extremely efficient manner, connecting on 4 of 5 attempts from the field and 4 of 6 at the free-throw line.

Motiejunas has appeared in 12 of 15 games in the month of January, after appearing in just 16 games in the first two months of the season combined. He is still averaging just 4.4 points per game. 


Donatas Motiejunas puts together solid run


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Rockets have been giving reserve big man Donatas Motiejunas more playing time in recent games, after he reportedly requested a trade. Motiejuanas played 24 minutes and scored in double figures for the second straight game Thursday against the Thunder. 

Motiejunas ended his season-long slump from long range in the game, making 3 of 4 3-pointers. He was 6 of 9 overall for 15 points, while adding seven rebounds in 24 minutes in the 104-92 loss.

Motiejunas was just 2 of 22 from three-point range prior to Thursday's game, so hopefully this can get him going. Two of Motiejunas' three double-figure scoring games have come in the last two nights, and he is averaging just 3.9 points per game on the season. 


Report: Rockets shopping Donatas Motiejunas


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2014) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas has played a very limited role for the Rockets this season, and he reportedly is not happy about that. According to Yahoo.com, the Rockets have been looking for possible trade destinations for Motiejunas, who wants more playing time than the 8.4 minutes per game the Rockets have been able to give him in his 17 appearances. 

Motiejunas has not exactly earned a larger role through the first few months of the season, as he is shooting just 35.4 percent from the field. Motiejunas shot 45.5 percent as a part-time starter for the Rockets as a rookie a year ago. 


Donatas Motiejunas cold from field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas missed his only shot in five minutes of action Sunday, leaving him 0 for 5 from the field over his last three games.

Motiejunas has scored more than five points in a game just twice this season: a 12-point, 5-for-6 performance on Nov. 16; and a nine-point night on Dec. 6. He's made just 13 of his 37 shots this season.


Analyzing the Rockets' power forward battle


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2013) The Rockets' biggest question after signing Dwight Howard this offseason has been who will step up to take on the starting power forward role. Unfortunately, with less than a week left in the preseason, there really is no clarity on this situation.

Ideally, the power forward next to Howard will be someone who can stretch the floor on offense and at least rebound on defense. Unfortunately, among the frontrunners for the position right now, none seem particularly well suited to fill both necessary roles.

Terrence Jones is athletic and has solid offensive skills, but his jump shooting is still very much a question -- he has made just one 3-pointer in four preseason games. Donatas Motiejunas can stretch the floor, at least in theory, but he has not been much better than Jones. What Motiejunas does have in his favor is size and experience, as he started 14 games and nearly doubled Jones' minutes played a year ago.

The dark horse in the competition is Omri Casspi, who started at power forward in the fourth preseason game, and has really opened eyes as a floor spreader extraordinaire in the preseason. He is second on the team with 14.0 points per game, while shooting 42.1 percent with two 3-pointers per game. Casspi has neither the size nor the natural rebounding ability to be a natural fit, but his shooting brings to mind Ryan Anderson, who thrived next to Dwight in Orlando.

At this point, the battle for the four is still wide open. I wouldn't target any of this trio on Draft Day outside of extremely deep Fantasy formats. But, whichever one steps up during the season will be a hot commodity on the waiver wire.


Donatas Motiejunas can't get going in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2013) Donatas Motiejunas got the start at power forward but failed to make much of an impact for the Rockets during Saturday's preseason opener against the Pelicans.

Motiejunas missed all three of his field goal attempts and scored all his points from the charity stripe. He finished with four points, six rebounds and three assists in a 116-115 defeat.


Motiejunas remains unreliable


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2013) Rockets rookie forward Donatas Motiejunas continues to flash tantalizing glimpses of his potential, but he struggled again Wednesday against the Jazz. He scored just five points on 2 of 8 shooting in the game, the third game in a row he has scored in single figures. He added just five rebounds, one block and one steal in 26 minutes, in a 100-93 win.