Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/13
For 10 games spread over nearly three weeks, Donatas Motiejunas suffered. He rarely left the bench, and then only briefly. Watching brought agony. “Every game,” he said Saturday afternoon, “is killing me.” Motiejunas promised himself that when his chance came again, he would be ready. So when center Omer Asik moped his way out of the Rockets’ rotation, going in less than a week from starting center to, as coach Kevin McHale put it, “not available,” Motiejunas had his chance. More than that, with Dwight Howard in foul trouble and Greg Smith injured, the Rockets had a void for Motiejunas to fill in the first half, Terrence Jones in the second. They not only filled it, helping the Rockets to a start-to-finish 122-111 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at Toyota Center, they offered hope in the continuing search for a solution at power forward. They also won rave reviews. “I am just so proud of both of those guys,” Howard said. “I see the work they put in every day … after prac...
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