HOUSTON Wednesday the Houston Rockets played in the kind of game they have to win if the goal is to make the playoffs, as it appears to be. It was at home against the perfectly middling Milwaukee Bucks, and the Rockets were trying out a new rotation.
The starting power forward, now, is second-year Lituanian Donatas Motiejunas, who stands 7-feet, weighs 222 pounds and was the 20th selection in the 2011 draft. He had spent most of his career in the D-league or in a dry uniform on the Rockets bench, but the Rockets felt he was ready to use his intriguing offensive repertoire at the NBA level and last week traded the two forwards who had been playing above him, Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris.
Motiejunas is difficult to pronounce for Americans (it's moe-tee-YOU-nus), so a lot of them call him "D-Mo."
"I thought D-Mo played well," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.
And this was excellent news, indeed.
Behind Motiejunas in the rotation, now, is Thomas Robinson, whom the Rockets ac...