Donatas Motiejunas has been getting some playing time for the Houston Rockets, who have also been giving him starting spots. But he’s been so-so on offense and his lack of defense might cost him other opportunities.
He was 3-of-8 for seven points in only 16 minutes during Wednesday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The jury is still out on how much he can contribute to the Rockets on a regular basis.
The Rockets are bidding to hang onto a playoff spot but nothing is guaranteed. The more the Rockets can net from a player who exceeds his expectations, with Motiejunas being a prime example, the better.
In 25 games for the Rockets, Motiejunas has had four starts and is averaging just 8.4 minutes a game. Obviously, the more he contributes, the more action he’ll see. He’s averaging 4.5 points a game but his shooting from the floor isn’t bad, being 51.8 percent. The Rockets need him to go to the basket with confidence and authority. Now’s not exactly the time to experiment, but the Rocket coaches are confident Motiejunas can contribute significantly.
In back-to-back games against Dallas, his numbers went down. But Motiejunas has proven he can deliver for the Rockets. It’s up for Kevin McHale and his staff to determine when and how to use him. It could make a difference on whether or not the Rockets make the playoffs.