HoopsHype Donatas Motiejunas Buzz Meter

by HoopsHype - Updated: January 25, 2015 | 10:51 PM

Gary Lee

In a time where most players don't exactly have a post game, Donatas Motiejunas has a decent one and he is only 24.

Rodrigo Azurmendi

Gran secuencia de @Ed Davis : bloqueo a Motiejunas de un lado y volcada en el otro.

Jonathan Feigen

Clint Capela checks in for Dorsey. (Motiejunas had two early fouls.)

David Hardisty

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets will take a 10-point lead into fourth. Harden with 7a in the third. Still think Rockets will need something from Motiejunas inside.

Jonathan Feigen

Dragic visits with Motiejunas and now Harden at halftime. Working on Rockets' goal of all lefty lineup?

Jonathan Feigen

With Josh Smith collecting turnovers, Motiejunas in foul trouble, Papanikolaou checks in at power forward. Matched up with Tucker.

Jonathan Feigen

Suns' shortcomings are rim protection, defensive rebounding. With Howard out, Motiejunas in foul trouble, Rockets lose much of that edge.

Jonathan Feigen

With Howard out, Motiejunas picks up his third foul with nine minutes left in half. Smith back in with Dorsey.

Matt Steinmetz

Barnes, Green, Bogut, Lee, Iguodala, Speights vs. Ariza, Beverley, Motiejunas, Terry, J.Smith, Brewer ... Good lord.

Chris Palmer

Donatas Montiejunas has some of the best footwork I've ever seen from a young 7-footer. Just rare.

Rusty Simmons

GSW vs HOU starters: GSW -- Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Green, Bogut; HOU -- Beverley, Harden, Ariza, Motiejunas, Howard. Out: Ezeli; Jones.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets Motiejunas said Rockets need to win at GS tomorrow: "It’s crucial to prove that we are better than everyone is talking about."

Jonathan Feigen

No changes in Rockets starting lineup -- Howard, Motiejunas, Ariza, Harden and Beverley. Again, by 'lineup' McHale might have mean rotation.

Jonathan Feigen

If not for Jimmy Butler, we'd be talking about Motiejunas vs. Green as matchup of two of top Most Improved candidates.

Rusty Simmons

GSW at HOU starters: GSW -- Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Green, Bogut; HOU -- Beverley, Harden, Ariza, Motiejunas, Howard. Out: Ezeli.

Jenny Dial Creech

With that Motiejunas lay in, all five Rockets starters are in double digits in scoring tonight.

Chris Sheridan

International players dominated. P. Gasol, D. Motiejunas, J. Valanciunas and N. Vucevic all shined. sheridanhoops.com/2015/01/13/5-f… via @MaxwellOgden

David Hardisty

Don't feel bad, Nets fans. Donatas Motiejunas does this to everybody now.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Aaron Falk

Trey can't extend his arms like that, but Motiejunas went down like he got shot. Regardless, Rockets get another shot & build their lead.

David Hardisty

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Thanks for the pregame update, folks, but I didn't actually think the names Papanikolaou, Jones or Motiejunas were mentioned re: Smith.

Joe Cowley

Josh Smith's bad shot gene has started taking over the Rockets. Motiejunas is in full out-break mode.

David Hardisty

If Donatas Motiejunas can do this to Joakim Noah, he can do it to anyone. 100-95 Rockets, 5:42 left.

Jonathan Feigen

Bulls starters: ROSE, Hinrich, Gasol, Noah and Butler. Rockets with last game's Beverley, Harden, Howard, Motiejunas, Ariza.

Mark Deeks

Donatas Motiejunas was gifted a starting spot, made it his, lost it unfairly & won it back fairly. By @rafael_uehara: bit.ly/1xwWn6p

Jonathan Feigen

Another change in Rockets rotation, Papanikolaou at the table to check in. Motiejunas picks up second foul and will sit.

Jonathan Feigen

Granger at power forward not working so well. Motiejunas 3 of 3 in low post against him. Bosh back in, on Motiejunas.

David Hardisty

Josh Smith checks in for Dwight Howard. We'll see Smith-Motiejunas together here. Rockets down 21-18, 3:45 1Q.

Ira Winderman

Granger at power forward creating defensive consequences. Motiejunas now 4 of 4 for nine points.

Howard Chen

Danny Granger has no chance against Donatas Motiejunas. No chance. #RedNation

Jenny Dial Creech

Teams head to benches for timeouts- Rockets up 14-12. Harden and Motiejunas leading the way with 5 pts apiece.

Jonathan Feigen

Heat put in Granger for Bosh and Rockets immediately got to Motiejunas in post. Good, quick recognition. Three-point play.

David Hardisty

Donatas Motiejunas picks up his first foul 17 seconds into the game. Maybe we'll see Josh Smith pretty soon after all.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Royce Young

So, Josh Smith to the bench. RT @Jonathan Feigen: Back by popular demand. Motiejunas to start for Rockets.

Jonathan Feigen

Back by popular demand. Motiejunas to start for Rockets.

Ira Winderman

Josh Smith removed from Rockets starting lineup in favor of Donatas Motiejunas.

David Hardisty

There it is. RT @Jenny Dial Creech: Motiejunas starting for Rockets tonight.

Jenny Dial Creech

Motiejunas starting for Rockets tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Dorsey, Motiejunas, Brewer, Papanikolaou, Terry check in. Rockets begin half w/ a Smith taking a 3, Ariza turnover. Pels with easy 6-0 run.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Other than the play of Motiejunas off the bench, the Rockets' highlight in first quarter was the fine job they did tying their shoes.

Javier Gancedo

Desde 2007 solo un jugador había hecho al menos 15 rebotes defensivos en Euroleague (Motiejunas, 2011, 18). Trey Thompkins hoy consiguió 15.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Make it down to two after Brewer 3-pointer. Really strong comeback effort from bench of Dorsey, Motiejunas, Brewer, Terry and starter Ariza.

Jonathan Feigen

Paul Pierce pump-fakes Motiejunas off his feet and into a foul. Welcome to a very large club, D-Mo.

Jonathan Feigen

Motiejunas checks in for Smith. Last night, subbed for Howard, but Howard off to a fast start and Smith has struggled badly early.