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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
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Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to miss the next 1-2 weeks.
He has low back pain and tightness, so the Rockets are going to be very thin at power forward. Motiejunas was playing very well and scored 21 points on Wednesday, but he's suddenly a cut candidate in all leagues. It'll be Josh Smith getting all the minutes he can handle until Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) can return -- he could be back next week. Mar 27 - 7:46 PM

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Donatas Motiejunas (back) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

He could miss a couple more games because he couldn't even make it through shootaround today. With Donuts out, Josh Smith will start and could play minutes in the mid 30s. Expect to see more Trevor Ariza at the four.
Mar 27 - 6:22 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is closer to doubtful for Friday's game against the Wolves and he could miss upcoming games, as well.

He couldn't even finish shootaround today, so he might need a few days off to get right. The Rockets are already without Terrence Jones (ribs, lung), so expect to see more minutes going to Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey. Trevor Ariza will also play some stretch four.
Mar 27 - 6:06 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) did not participate during shootaround, and he remains questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

Motiejunas isn't headed in the right direction after missing shootaround, so we're going to consider him closer to doubtful than questionable for tonight's game. If he's unable to go, Josh Smith would get all the run he can handle, and he'll be well worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 11:44 AM

Donatas Motiejunas (lower back pain) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

If Motiejunas is unable to go on Friday, Josh Smith would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he'd get all the run he can handle as the only healthy power forward on the roster. He'd draw a very favorable matchup against the Wolves, so Smith would be worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues if Motiejunas is forced to sit. Stay tuned.
Mar 26 - 2:28 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 21 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer on 10-of-16 from the field in 37 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

With Dwight Howard still on a minutes limit, Donuts was still able to eat. He should have another couple weeks of solid fantasy value in standard formats. It's also worth noting he played much more than Josh Smith (24 minutes) tonight. Start Motiejunas on Friday against the Wolves.
Mar 26 - 1:37 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 17 points with two rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 6-of-9 from the field in 38 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.

He is going to be a bigger part of the offense until Dwight Howard (knee) gets back, which could be as soon as Wednesday. Motiejunas should still be able to put up decent value in standard leagues because Dwight will be limited and is not expected to play in both games on a back-to-back set.
Mar 23 - 10:45 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 18 points with three rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

He is going to get major minutes until Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (chest) get back. Howard is likely out for at least a couple more games, so Motiejunas could have a nice week with four games on the schedule. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 21 - 11:44 PM

Donatas Motiejunas made 3-of-10 from the field for seven points with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in 37 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

With Terrence Jones (rib) going down, Donuts is going to get a lot of run. Although, he hasn't played well in his last five, averaging 12.4 points, 5.8 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys on 40.7 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the line. Motiejunas is not a must-own player in standard leagues, especially with Dwight Howard coming back soon. He's worth owning in points leagues and deeper formats.
Mar 19 - 11:15 PM

Donatas Motiejunas lit up the Magic for a team-high 23 points with two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four assists on Tuesday, helping the Rockets earn a 13-point victory.

Orlando ranks No. 26 in defensive efficiency, allowing 105.4 points per 100 possessions, so it's no surprise to see D-Mo take advantage of the matchup. He saw more opportunities early with Terrence Jones coming off the bench in the first half, and with any luck this will spark an offensive resurgence -- he was making 37.9 percent FGs and 41.2 percent FTs over his previous six games.
Mar 17 - 11:31 PM

Danatos Motiejunas couldn't buy a basket on Sunday, scoring just nine points on 3-of-15 shooting from the field (3-of-5 from the line) to go with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block through 43 minutes of action.

Motiejunas should be better than this on most nights, although his value will take a sizable hit when Dwight Howard (knee) eventually returns to the lineup. He'll draw a very favorable matchup against the Magic on Tuesday, so look for him to bounce back during that one.
Mar 15 - 6:46 PM

Donatas Motiejunas had a solid all-around game vs. the Nuggets on Saturday, scoring 18 points with six boards, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

He shot 6-of-9 from the field (2-of-3 from 3-point range) and was actually pretty good on defense, but he did have four turnovers on the night. Motiejunas has formed a lethal partnership with Terrence Jones, and he should continue to be a must-own player down the stretch with Dwight Howard (knee) still without a timetable to return.
Mar 8 - 12:10 AM

Donatas Motiejunas struggled in Friday's win over the Pistons, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds and one steal in just 19 minutes.

Motie has been up-and-down over the last month but is coming off a big game from Tuesday and over the last two months he has been a top 100-110 value in standard leagues. He's still worth owning.
Mar 7 - 1:26 AM

Donatas Motiejunas filled up the boxscore during Tuesday's road loss, scoring 14 points with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

He played well on both ends of the court and performed admirably in an expanded role with James Harden suspended for one game. Unfortunately, Motie has averaged under 28 minutes over the Rockets' past 10 games and he's tough to roster in 12-team leagues while Josh Smith and Terrence Jones are both healthy.
Mar 3 - 10:48 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting during Sunday's win over the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover through 31 minutes of action.

Motiejunas has been playing well since the All-Star break, averaging 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 three-pointer, and 0.8 steals and blocks per game. He should be able to maintain his late-round value for as long as Dwight Howard is sidelined.
Mar 1 - 7:10 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
SG1James Harden
2Corey Brewer
3Pablo Prigioni
4Nick Johnson
SF1Trevor Ariza
2K.J. McDaniels
3Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Josh Smith
C1Dwight Howard
2Joey Dorsey
3Clint Capela