Motiejunas is on Rockets injury report with lower back pain. He got treatment after the game last night.
Another day, another new name on Rockets injury report. Donatas Motiejunas questionable with lower back pain.
Rockets with at least three players over 20 points, Harden, Motiejunas and Ariza.
Motiejunas with a solid 19 points and six rebounds.
Donatas Motiejunas (19 pts) putting on a low-post clinic that should make post-up guru Kevin McHale proud. Hou 83-76 at 9:25 of 4Q
Rockets score 1st 5 pts of 2d half on Motiejunas post move, Ariza 3 and have their largest lead, 54-52. Comeback would be largest of season.
Rockets out rebounding Pelicans 24-13 in first 24 minutes. Ariza and Motiejunas with combined 11.
Pelicans lead 17-10 with 5:51 in the first quarter. Harden has 4. Howard, Motiejunas and Ariza have 2 apiece.
Donatas Motiejunas covering Anthony Davis at the start.
Anybody else think Donatas Motiejunas looks like Russell Crowe?
As soon as I typed that, Motiejunas checks back in with Dorsey right behind. Harden back to defending guards.
Motiejunas back on floor, but matched up with Mahinmi. Thinking he'd like a few possessions against his hero/role model, Luis Scola.
Suns triple-teamed Motiejunas inside. Ariza missed the open 3. Suns had two points in 5 1/2 minutes before Tucker 3 for 8-pt lead.
Kenneth Faried pushes Donatas to the ground. A foul is called. Josh Smith mouths off and he gets a Tech.
Donatas Motiejunas with a crazy spin and scoop shot off the glass. He's now 8-12 from the field for 21 points. 93-90 Rockets, 4:57 left.
Rockets lineup -- Ariza, Motiejunas, Dorsey, Harden and Beverley -- is 7-4 this season. Rockets record since Jones replaced Dorsey is 7-4.
Motiejunas has been pretty awful, but he tipped that rebound back out, giving the Rockets a fresh possession with 31 secs left.
After long discussion, officials send Motiejunas to line. He's been 0-fer in past two games. Terry offers a quick word. D-Mo hits both.
Trevor Ariza, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, James Harden, Pat Beverley in the lineup for the Houston Rockets
Motiejunas draws a charge on Aldridge for Aldridge's fifth foul with 6:08 left. Might not matter. Blazers getting much, much better looks.
Terrence Jones couldn't play against LaMarcus Aldridge in last year's series and Donatas Motiejunas couldn't play at all. That's changed.
LA draws 4th foul with 10:32 left in 3rd quarter. He pushed Motiejunas in back working for rebounding position.
I feel very comfotable with this comment The most underrated player in the NBA is ...... Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas turning into a legit 3-point threat is a big step in his development. Dangerous inside and out.
Motiejunas on Aldridge, Terrence Jones on Robin Lopez to start.
Rockets really posting up Motiejunas. Will give him touches to get out of his slump. Really needed that right-hand hook after missed layup.
Donatas Motiejunas may be tired or is really slumping. He's 2-8 for 4 points, 5 rebounds. Rockets are a -18 in his 18 minutes.
Rockets open 2nd half making 2 of 10 shots with six of the eight misses in the lane. Jones, Motiejunas a combined 4 of 14. Pistons w/in 2.
Terrence Jones appeared to be limping. Motiejunas checking in for him.
Two quick fouls from Motiejunas and it’s an early Joey Dorsey sighting tonight.
With Motiejunas picking up 2 fouls in first 5 minutes, Rockets call on Dorsey as first sub. Thought he should have played more vs. Memphis.
McHale stared down D-Mo long after Allen turned the turnover into a layup. Motiejunas 0 for 7 in 2nd half.
Motiejunas was 2 of 8 inside the arc last night. He's 2 of 7 inside so far tonight. Randolph has dominated on other end.
Motiejunas gets a very tough third foul. Looked like he had good position. Definietly out of circle. Huge call when playing Grizzlies' size.
3rd foul for Motiejunas at the 8:21 mark of the 2Q. He'll hafta come out. Kinda a shame cuz he had such a quick start. 10pts on 4-5 shooting
Facing a team with extra big men and with two fouls on Motiejunas, Dorsey starts the second quarter matched up on Koufos.
Since Jones has been starting, Rockets have needed Motiejunas to help provide spacing. In past 5 games (incl tonight) D-Mo 11 of 18 on 3s.
Rockets up 27-17 on the Grizzlies - Motiejunas leading the way with 10 points.
The Motiejunas-Jones pairing doesn't look good by the numbers because of defense, but it definitely leads to some fun offense.
The Rockets seem better offensively with Motiejunas and Jones together than pairing either with Dwight.
Seriously, Donatas Motiejunas may post a triple-double tonight: 8 points, 8 rebounds, career-high 7 assists, 3 steals. Rockets up 81-72.
Not sure how those two charges drawn by Motiejunas differ from the blocking foul called on him Sunday vs. LeBron James. Unless...
The Cavs were -13 with Mozgov on the court & Motiejunas ate him for dinner in the post.