Report: Motiejunas out for season

Just when the Rockets were starting to feel good about having their starting lineup finally healthy and together as the playoffs approach, they keep getting bitten by injury.

The latest victim is forward Donatas Motiejunas, who played a key role in keeping the season afloat while Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones were on the mend.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle first reported the details:

Motiejunas has been out the past six games with lower back pain, but has not progressed with the rest. The team and Motiejunas have not decided whether a surgery or a more extended period of rest will be needed, the individual with knowledge of the situation said.

In his third NBA season, Motiejunas had gone from sitting out last season’s playoffs to become a key part of the Rockets’ rotation. He moved into the starting lineup when Jones went out after four games and could have been a starter again with Howard to provide spacing for Howard inside.

Motiejunas, 24, averaged 12 points and 5.9 rebounds in 71 games, 62 as a starter. Motiejunas has been the Rockets’ most reliable low-post scorer, making 50.4 percent of his shots this season, but also made 36.4 percent of his 3s. Only Motiejunas and Kevin Durant have made at least 50 percent of their shots and 36 percent of their 3-pointers while taking at least 100 of each.

The lineup of Howard, Jones, James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry will start their third game Wednesday night at San Antonio, more starts together than any current and available Rockets players.

14 Comments

  1. robert says:

    houston, golden state.. curry, harden, the regular season is over, time to get eliminated little doggys, take the clippers with you to go fishing. See you next year, parading in the regular season.
    the real teams and real mvps have playoffs to do.

  2. Vic says:

    Get well D- Mo. you been fun to watch this season and I miss you on the court

  3. Sim Bhullar says:

    Sad to have injuries to anyone any team.

  4. Oh man! smashing news 😦 our Lithuanian big man when he is most needed in playoffs.. Get well soon, D-Mo!

  5. jrain says:

    Damn, every time we take a step forward, injuries take us two steps back. Keep ur head up red nation#alluptothemvpagain

  6. lol says:

    probably the MOST improved player this season, played good mins due injuries but he stepped it up man. I never liked this guy cause he is so weak and is defensively bad but his offense is so good now, he got the hook, jump and tips so well.. he is a really weapon for houston.. oh well another injury.

  7. More bad news for the Rockets! They slept walked through the game in SA tonite and the Spurs hammered them! Harden needs help and they need to play better Defense!!

    No D= No Finals!!!

  8. Patty says:

    JAMES HARDEN IS THE MVP NOT CURRY.

  9. Tory Williams says:

    We will be ok .. we will definitely miss him and pat bev .. but we are still good . Dont forget about j smith. … hey ..remember at the start of the season when all those laker fans were on here talking about how they wil still have a better record than us .. LOL

  10. red says:

    Oh man, this is a huge blow for my rockets 😦 but knowing how hard this guy work makes me even sad. He didn’t improve overnight, he worked hard for it that I rockets even make him a better option offensively than howard for the big men.