In a time where most players don't exactly have a post game, Donatas Motiejunas has a decent one and he is only 24.
Clint Capela checks in for Dorsey. (Motiejunas had two early fouls.)
This has been Donatas Motiejunas' quarter: He's 4-4 from the field for 8 points and a steal in the period. 102-88 Rockets, 5:46 left.
Rockets will take a 10-point lead into fourth. Harden with 7a in the third. Still think Rockets will need something from Motiejunas inside.
Dragic visits with Motiejunas and now Harden at halftime. Working on Rockets' goal of all lefty lineup?
With Josh Smith collecting turnovers, Motiejunas in foul trouble, Papanikolaou checks in at power forward. Matched up with Tucker.
Suns' shortcomings are rim protection, defensive rebounding. With Howard out, Motiejunas in foul trouble, Rockets lose much of that edge.
With Howard out, Motiejunas picks up his third foul with nine minutes left in half. Smith back in with Dorsey.
Barnes, Green, Bogut, Lee, Iguodala, Speights vs. Ariza, Beverley, Motiejunas, Terry, J.Smith, Brewer ... Good lord.
Donatas Montiejunas has some of the best footwork I've ever seen from a young 7-footer. Just rare.
GSW vs HOU starters: GSW -- Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Green, Bogut; HOU -- Beverley, Harden, Ariza, Motiejunas, Howard. Out: Ezeli; Jones.
Rockets Motiejunas said Rockets need to win at GS tomorrow: "It’s crucial to prove that we are better than everyone is talking about."
No changes in Rockets starting lineup -- Howard, Motiejunas, Ariza, Harden and Beverley. Again, by 'lineup' McHale might have mean rotation.
If not for Jimmy Butler, we'd be talking about Motiejunas vs. Green as matchup of two of top Most Improved candidates.
GSW at HOU starters: GSW -- Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Green, Bogut; HOU -- Beverley, Harden, Ariza, Motiejunas, Howard. Out: Ezeli.
With that Motiejunas lay in, all five Rockets starters are in double digits in scoring tonight.
Don't feel bad, Nets fans. Donatas Motiejunas does this to everybody now.
Motiejunas takes a seat w 7p, 5r in 8 mins this q. Has 11p for his 8th-consecutive game in double figures, matching his career-long streak.
Trey can't extend his arms like that, but Motiejunas went down like he got shot. Regardless, Rockets get another shot & build their lead.
Donatas Motiejunas now at 17 points on 7-10 FG, 7 reb, 4 steals (career-high) & 3 assists. This guy deserves plenty of post-ups every game.
Thanks for the pregame update, folks, but I didn't actually think the names Papanikolaou, Jones or Motiejunas were mentioned re: Smith.
Josh Smith's bad shot gene has started taking over the Rockets. Motiejunas is in full out-break mode.
If Donatas Motiejunas can do this to Joakim Noah, he can do it to anyone. 100-95 Rockets, 5:42 left.
Bulls starters: ROSE, Hinrich, Gasol, Noah and Butler. Rockets with last game's Beverley, Harden, Howard, Motiejunas, Ariza.
Another change in Rockets rotation, Papanikolaou at the table to check in. Motiejunas picks up second foul and will sit.
Granger at power forward not working so well. Motiejunas 3 of 3 in low post against him. Bosh back in, on Motiejunas.
Josh Smith checks in for Dwight Howard. We'll see Smith-Motiejunas together here. Rockets down 21-18, 3:45 1Q.
Granger at power forward creating defensive consequences. Motiejunas now 4 of 4 for nine points.
Teams head to benches for timeouts- Rockets up 14-12. Harden and Motiejunas leading the way with 5 pts apiece.
Heat put in Granger for Bosh and Rockets immediately got to Motiejunas in post. Good, quick recognition. Three-point play.
Donatas Motiejunas picks up his first foul 17 seconds into the game. Maybe we'll see Josh Smith pretty soon after all.
One thing certain w Motiejunas is you will get effort Rockets all lacked last night. But he too barely saw Evans' license plate a few times.
Back by popular demand. Motiejunas to start for Rockets.
Josh Smith removed from Rockets starting lineup in favor of Donatas Motiejunas.
Motiejunas starting for Rockets tonight.
Dorsey, Motiejunas, Brewer, Papanikolaou, Terry check in. Rockets begin half w/ a Smith taking a 3, Ariza turnover. Pels with easy 6-0 run.
Smith was pulled after 4 mins w/ 2 fouls. Never returned. Motiejunas played 15 mins but Ariza also played at four, playing 20 1st half mins.
Motiejunas was 3 of 4 for 8p, 3r. Rest of Rockets made 5 of 22 shots. Rockets 1 of 9 on 3s. Starters had 8 pts, 4 in paint, none from line.
Other than the play of Motiejunas off the bench, the Rockets' highlight in first quarter was the fine job they did tying their shoes.
Desde 2007 solo un jugador había hecho al menos 15 rebotes defensivos en Euroleague (Motiejunas, 2011, 18). Trey Thompkins hoy consiguió 15.
Motiejunas in for Josh Smith, but with Marvin Williams in at a four for Charlotte, Papanikolaou could see some tim with D-Mo at center.
Make it down to two after Brewer 3-pointer. Really strong comeback effort from bench of Dorsey, Motiejunas, Brewer, Terry and starter Ariza.
Paul Pierce pump-fakes Motiejunas off his feet and into a foul. Welcome to a very large club, D-Mo.
Motiejunas checks in for Smith. Last night, subbed for Howard, but Howard off to a fast start and Smith has struggled badly early.