Donatas Motiejunas returns to Rockets Saturday night


The Rockets have won four-of-five, and their next seven games are against teams below .500. — they have a chance to get above .500 and go on a little run.

It helps that they are getting healthy — Donatas Motiejunas returns to the Rockets lineup Saturday night.

The backup big man had been out since April due to back surgery, a long recovery that had seen multiple setbacks. But they could use him off the bench behind Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones (Motiejunas was more successful last season at the four, but can play the five).

Motiejunas took a big step forward from last season. He has the ability to score inside with hook shots, or he can knock down threes (and the Rockets could use the floor-spacing shooting). He’s not a great defender, but when paired with Howard last season the Rockets were a lock-down team.

Things are setting up well for the Rockets, we’ll see if they can take advantage of it.