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Donatas Motiejunas Done for Season with Back Injury, per Reports

Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas will miss the rest of the season and playoffs, according to USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick and Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Motiejunas was only expected to miss a week or two with the injury and had missed the last six games, but the injury hasn’t gotten better with rest, so the decision has been made to shut him down for the year. It’s unclear if he’ll need surgery to repair the issue, but a full recovery is expected either way.

This is just another blow to a Rockets team that has dealt with injuries to key players all season. Patrick Beverley is already out for the season, and Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones have both missed significant time. Howard and Jones recently just returned to the lineup from their respective issues.

Motiejunas showed great improvement this season after getting spotty minutes in his first two years in the league. He started in 62 of 71 games this season, averaging 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 50.4 percent overall and 36.8 percent from three.

Even despite all these injuries, Houston holds the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, thanks mostly to the brilliance of James Harden.

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