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Rockets say Donatas Montiejunas out 1-2 weeks with back issues

Wilson Chandler, Donatas Motiejunas

Wilson Chandler, Donatas Motiejunas


The Rockets have dealt with plenty of injuries this season, and even though Dwight Howard recently returned from a 26-game absence, other players key rotation players seem to be disappearing just as fast.

Patrick Beverley suffered a torn ligament in his wrist that may require him to miss the remainder of the season, and now comes word that big man Donatas Montiejunas is going to miss time, as well.

From the team’s Twitter page:

Donatas Motiejunas was evaluated after having lower back pain, will be removed from basketball activities for 1 to 2 weeks & reevaluated.

This close to the playoffs, with only 11 regular season games left, teams would like to try to solidify lineups and chemistry as much as possible.

For the Rockets, they’ll be scrambling to simply find players who are serviceable to eat up those minutes as replacements instead.

Montiejunas is averaging 12 points and 5.9 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game, and has started in 62 of his 71 appearances this season.