Houston Rockets: Get Ready For The Donatas Motiejunas Era

By Andre Cantalogo
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Dec 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) before a game against the Atlanta Hawks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t Blame It On Him!

Whenever Motiejunas played in the 2013-2014 season, my reaction was pretty straightforward: either I started to boo him, yelled for a sub, or when I became tired of those actions I simply sighed and hoped for the best; and that was all before he even got one hand on the basketball!

Was he trying his best? Was he still figuring out his game? Was he trying to figure out the NBA? Those are questions I can’t answer; but what I can say is that the NBA is more forgiving than soccer. And thank you for that. Because in soccer we don’t deal with a “bad day”, we don’t overcome the downswing or acclimatization to the league. Patience is not a word in our dictionary, we just can’t accept it! And that was my impression of Motiejunas.

God, was I wrong.

Granted, throwing the ball over an undersized Jae Crowder is not much of a challenge, but his versatility draws attention of even the harshest critic.

The 2014-2015 season was the breakout season for Donatas Motiejunas, for a lot of reasons, I think it’s an insult when people say the only reason the Rockets got the No. 2 seed was James Harden. For sure, he was the main reason. But when Dwight got hurt, Donatas stepped up to the challenge, and boy did he bring it.  On this next video we can see him going at it against Kenneth Faried, DeMarcus Cousins and a lot more.

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