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Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
Position: F
Born: 09/20/90
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:259 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
Salary: $2,288,205
Motiejunas’ rehabilitation includes a lot of core-strengthening and stretching. Each day, the exercises are tougher, and Motiejunas has been doing more work than ever to get back into playing shape. “I think no matter what kind of injury you get, it’s one of the worst things that can happen,” Motiejunas said. “What the guys do on the court and in practice isn’t as hard as what you have to do in rehab. “It’s extra conditioning, extra this, extra everything. I am actually working more than the guys practicing. It’s tough. I haven’t had a surgery in the last six years, and that was my tonsils, so this is different.”
The Houston Rockets announced today that forward Donatas Motiejunas will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season with a lower back injury. Motiejunas (7-0, 255, Lithuania) last played on Mar. 25, 2014 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The third year player appeared in a career-high 71 games (62 starts) for the Rockets this season and averaged career bests for points (12.0), rebounds (5.9), and assists (1.8) per game in a career-high 28.7 minutes per game. Motiejunas underwent a successful lumbar microdiscectomy today performed by Dr. Robert Watkins.
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The Houston Rockets will reportedly be without another key contributor for the upcoming NBA playoffs, with the Houston Chronicle stating Wednesday that forward Donatas Motiejunas has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Motiejunas has missed the Rockets’ last six games with pain in his lower back. According to the Chronicle, the team is still weighing whether or not the injury will require surgery.

Donatas Motiejunas out for the season

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The Houston Rockets just keeping taking hits on the injury front. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, forward Donatas Motiejunas is out for the season with a back injury. The 24-year-old who has missed the past six games was expected to miss a week or two with the back pain, but he is not expected to return until next season. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the diagnosis had not yet been announced.
Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas will be out for the next one to two weeks with lower back pain and tightness, the team announced on Friday. Motiejunas was having pain on Wednesday when the Rockets defeated New Orleans. He didn’t shoot around on Friday before the Rockets hosted Minnesota. “I think he was a little bit sore and he aggravated it in New Orleans,” coach Kevin McHale said.
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Though Rockets coach Kevin McHale called the Rockets’ power forward position open, saying he needs to see more physical defense and rebounding from the position, a vote of confidence for his returning power forwards, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas, is expected before the season begins. The Rockets intend to pick up their fourth-year option on the contracts for both players, a person with knowledge of the plan said on Tuesday. In keeping with their policy on such moves, the Rockets will wait until the Oct. 31 deadline to pick up the contract options for the 2015-16 season for both players should unforeseen developments influence that decision.
Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas said the context of his comments made in Lithuania on Friday were lost in translation. The problem, however, was not with translating Lithuanian to English. The confusion, Motiejunas said, came when taking comedy seriously. He said his comments that James Harden and Dwight Howard do not eat with teammates were clearly jokes in keeping with the sort of radio program in which he was interviewed, but that there were reported in Lithuanian media as if he was serious. “The radio show, the guys that work there, make fun of everybody,” Motiejunas, who called from Lithuania said. “It’s a funny radio show. Everybody in Lithuania listens. They told me to try to be funny, try to make the jokes. They told me to be free. They asked some question. I joked about one thing. I joked about the other thing. “They asked about the team. I tried to be funny. They asked how they (Harden and Howard) approach the team. I told them like, “Hey, they’re not with us. I stay alone.’ Then the journalists in Lithuania took the interrview and took it serious and posted my interview. I didn’t talk with no journalists. It was just a fun radio show.”
As Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas left the Toyota Center on Monday after a meeting with his teammates, he was unsure what his future with the Rockets would hold. Motiejunas said he is happy in Houston, but did hope to have more playing time. “I want to try for things to work out for me here but at the same time I want to play so we’ll see if this team has time for me or not on the court,” he said.
Motiejunas predicts Lithuania will be a tough opponent. “The team is going to do its best in Spain. I hope that Lithuanian basketball will write another beautiful page in the country’s history,” he said. For the time being though Motiejunas is focused on having a great season with the Rockets, who are fifth in the NBA’s Western Conference with 40 wins and 19 losses. After struggling in his rookie season, Motiejunas is proving this year that he can be a solid back-up. “Last year was a bit difficult because I didn’t spend a lot of time on the court,” he recalled. “But I had no choice but to keep working hard in order to convince the coach to give me the opportunity to show what I can do. “Things have been going well for the team and myself and I hope that it will last.”
But Motiejunas did not come to Houston for the Tex-Mex. He came to play basketball, not watch it. To Motiejunas, dues had been paid in Italy, Poland and with the Lithuanian national team, and then again last season in the NBA Development League. As his second season moved to the new year, Motiejunas made it clear he did not necessarily want to be traded – unless that is what would get him on the court. “If you never had that experience in your job or whatever you do, it is unbelievably hard to describe,” Motiejunas, 23, said. “Logically, mentally, you just have to come every day and work for yourself. That’s the main thing. Bring your same attitude every day, do everything you are capable of doing just to make yourself better. When your number is going to be called, you have to be ready.”