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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward | #20

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
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Donatas Motiejunas scored eight points (3-of-6 FGs) with four boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes on Sunday vs. the Warriors.
He was coming off a massive double-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes in Game 3, but he wasn't anywhere near as productive in Game 4. The Rockets haven't gotten any consistent production out of the power forward spot all year, so it's not like this performance was a surprise. D-Mo will continue to be a shaky option in fantasy until the Rockets are inevitably eliminated from the playoffs. Apr 24 - 6:32 PM

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Donatas Motiejunas double-doubled vs. the Warriors in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 14 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

Where did that come from? D-Mo averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 boards in the first two games of the series in 13.5 minutes, but the Rockets played with a more traditional lineup tonight and it seemed to work. There should be more small ball in Game 4 on Sunday with Stephen Curry (ankle) expected to be back for the Warriors, so fantasy owners should be cautious regarding D-Mo's big night.
Apr 22 - 12:41 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored seven points in a start against the Warriors on Monday with three rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 15 minutes.

He got some minutes at center tonight, but he was just overmatched by Draymond Green. Motiejunas won't play enough to be worth using in DFS.
Apr 19 - 1:25 AM

Donatas Motiejunas will get the start against the Warriors on Monday.

It'll push Corey Brewer to the bench. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff is looking for more action out of the post on both ends. Motiejunas is still way too risky to start in DFS while Brewer, K.J. McDaniels, Michael Beasley and Josh Smith lose appeal.
Apr 18 - 9:23 PM

Patrick Beverley talked about Donatas Motiejunas moving into the starting lineup.

Going small did not work out for the Rockets whatsoever, so a change makes sense. While the Warriors are known for their 3-pointers, the Rockets only contested 61 percent of the Warriors' two-point shots on Saturday. Motiejunas did not play until the fourth quarter in Game 1, so don't expect big minutes out of him. There will likely be less run for Corey Brewer and Josh Smith.
Apr 18 - 3:03 PM

Donatas Motiejunas came off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday, playing 12 minutes with eight points, two rebounds and three turnovers.

He did not play at all in the first three quarters and might not have played at all had the Rockets not been blown out. Motiejunas won't be worth using even if he gets back in the starting lineup.
Apr 16 - 6:28 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will move to the bench on Saturday.

He might not play at all here. Motiejunas has been pretty bad all season.
Apr 16 - 3:26 PM

Donatas Motiejunas played 12 minutes against the Suns on Thursday with six points, one assist, two steals and no turnovers.

He really had no business playing for the Rockets after they tried to trade him away. Expect Motiejunas to be on another team next year.
Apr 7 - 10:42 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will start against the Suns on Thursday with K.J. McDaniels going to the bench.

It's a move against Alex Len to the power forward spot. Motiejunas has been terrible, so he's not someone to trust in fantasy.
Apr 7 - 7:48 PM

Donatas Motiejunas received a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

He's not really playing much anyway, so he shouldn't really be owned in most leagues. Motiejunas will likely be starting next time out, but it doesn't matter with Michael Beasley getting most of his minutes.
Apr 7 - 12:11 AM

Donatas Motiejunas will shift to a reserve role vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

Motiejunas has been lousy in a starting role, playing limited minutes with Michael Beasley cutting into his playing time, so this shouldn't have a major fantasy impact. K.J. McDaniels will get the start in place of D-Mo tonight as the Rockets opt for a small-ball approach.
Apr 6 - 9:05 PM

Donatas Motiejunas failed to do much of anything on Sunday, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting to go with four boards, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes.

While Motiejunas has been starting for Houston, he really hasn’t done much with the increased opportunity, owning meager averages of 7.2 points, 3.5 boards and not much else on 42.2 percent shooting. He’s not worth owning in most leagues.
Apr 3 - 7:11 PM

Donatas Motiejunas started and played 21 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 4-of-9 shots for 11 points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer.

He played five more minutes than a red-hot Michael Beasley, which was about the only positive thing to say about his game tonight. Beasley still looks like the power forward to own in Houston right now, but D-Mo's worth keeping an eye on if he's going to get 20 minutes a night going forward.
Mar 22 - 11:01 PM

Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff implied that starter Donatas Motiejunas has earned a consistent role in the rotation.

"But when you're getting productivity from those guys, you have to keep them on the floor," he said of Motiejunas and Michael Beasley. "They've earned those minutes." Including a zero-point dud in which he only played eight minutes, Motiejunas is averaging 12.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 treys on 51.4 percent shooting over his last four games. Despite the bump in production, Beasley is a better pickup than Motiejunas, and only those in desperate situations or deeper leagues should be considering adding D-Mo. At least his back issues appear to be in the rear view mirror.
Mar 21 - 10:33 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 13 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and no turnovers in 21 minutes on Saturday against the Hawks

He was really good on Friday, but he cooled off tonight. Michael Beasley is outplaying him, so Motiejunas playing time won't be consistent. He's only worth a look for desperate owners.
Mar 19 - 11:19 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
SG1James Harden
2Jason Terry
3Andrew Goudelock
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Donatas Motiejunas
2Michael Beasley
3Clint Capela
4Terrence Jones
5Montrezl Harrell
6Josh Smith
C1Dwight Howard