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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. NBA.com

April 8, 2015 Updates

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. Bradenton.com

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. USA Today Sports

March 28, 2015 Updates

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. Houston Chronicle

March 27, 2015 Updates

Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas is experiencing low back pain and tightness and was evaluated at the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute by team doctors today. Motiejunas has been removed from basketball activities for the next one to two weeks and will be reevaluated at that time. NBA.com

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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. Houston Chronicle

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August 9, 2014 Updates

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.” Houston Chronicle

August 8, 2014 Updates

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