Terrence Jones to Sit Out vs Spurs; Donatas Motiejunas to Start

By Brett David Roberts

Dec 26, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) is congratulated by power forward Terrence Jones (6) after scoring a basket during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones has been ruled out after the leg injury he sustained in Miami on Nov. 4.

Donatas Motiejunas will start in place of Jones, and that could be problematic. Though D-Mo as he is referred to is a solid 7-footer, he lacks defensive presence and is weak rotating defensively. Dwight Howard covers a lot of blunders, but the Spurs pass the ball better than any team in the league.  Motiejunas may get lost with all that ball swinging.

The Rockets will go small sometimes, too, though, with Kostas Papanikolaou having played some solid ball thus far off the Rox bench.  He’s been an interesting case and has adapted to NBA ball very well, as we noted earlier today on SCS.

In the opening night victory over the Utah Jazz, he hit four straight threes and ignited a Rockets team that otherwise got just 2-of-9 shooting from its second unit that half.  While Motiejunas may start, it may be Kostas that finishes the game.  We’ll see.  Tip off is at 8 PM EDT on TNT.

Source: Houston Chronicle