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Donatas Motiejunas Cleared for Takeoff

A “7-footer” with a soft touch on the hook shot, Motiejunas had developed into a legitimate threat in the post, and was shooting a blistering 40.2% from the three-point line in the three months prior to injury.

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A “7-footer” with a soft touch on the hook shot, Motiejunas had developed into a legitimate threat in the post, and was shooting a blistering 40.2% from the three-point line in the three months prior to injury.

Sahil Bhutani, Online Editor

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Donatas Motiejunas has finally returned to the floor for the Houston Rockets after missing eight months due to back surgery in April.

Doctors expected Motiejunas to return two to three months after surgery, but his recovery took longer than expected.

Just before his injury, the Rockets power forward was playing the best basketball of his career. A “7-footer” with a soft touch on the hook shot, Motiejunas had developed into a legitimate threat in the post. His play during Dwight Howard’s absence last year was key to helping the Rockets to second place in the Western Conference.

Additionally, he was shooting a blistering 40.2% from the three-point line in the three months prior to injury. This allowed him to function as a stretch four that is crucial to Houston’s offense.

As expected, Motiejunas has looked very rusty in the three games he’s played. He’s averaged 0.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.3 turnovers, and 2.0 fouls per game, though he’s only averaging 7 minutes per game.

It will definitely take Motiejunas a while to return to pre-injury form, but once he does, his post game and shooting is expected to be a great help in solving the Rockets’ befuddling offensive problems.

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