Highlights: Lithuania vs. Belgium, August 5, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pjbMfHn4rR4

Motiejunas looks bigger.

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  • Losthief says 11 months ago

    The European game is so much different then the NBA. The leader in the Euro League averages 7 rebounds a game. What was he Reb% that would give you a better stat to determine how he is rebounding.

    Dunno, i do know LInas Kliez and Jonas Valculunious (sp?) replaced him in the starting line-up for the game today, they didn't play in mondays/tuesdays game.

  • Steven says 11 months ago The European game is so much different then the NBA. The leader in the Euro League averages 7 rebounds a game. What was he Reb% that would give you a better stat to determine how he is rebounding.
  • Losthief says 11 months ago

    D-Mo is going to be an offensive force.......I think we all agree on that. however I'm still concerned with his defense andrebounding.5 rebounds in 23 minutes? got to get better than that.


    thats ~8 rebounds per 36 min. which while isn't elite by any level, isn't horrible either. Below average for a pf i'd say, but not drastically so, and good news is he'll share the court with asik and/or howard mostly, so that won't really be an issue being slightly below average.

  • Buckko says 11 months ago


    He does look a little bigger, but I don't see him really playing like it. Every move avoids contact of any sort.. be it offensively, defensively, or off the ball. I think he'll eventually play taller and bigger, though. I can't wait to see what some time with Olajuwan and the weight room will do for him.

    He's almost 40 IBs heavier than when he started last season.
  • panterica says 11 months ago

    He does look a little bigger, but I don't see him really playing like it. Every move avoids contact of any sort.. be it offensively, defensively, or off the ball. I think he'll eventually play taller and bigger, though. I can't wait to see what some time with Olajuwan and the weight room will do for him.

  • Buckko says 11 months ago

    don't forget we still got Asik. also D-Mo's defense will not be as much of an issue against teams second units. most teams don't have a PF on the second unit who can light you up

    That would make sense if the 2nd unit was a better defensive unit than the first one--never gonna happen as long as Dwight starts.

    Along with asik you have Garcia and Beverley who are proven defenders and hopefully Casspi can be an energy guy to help. This would make our 2nd unit easily better defensively than our 1st unit unless harden hopefully learns how to play defense.

  • rockets best fan says 11 months ago

    That would make sense if the 2nd unit was a better defensive unit than the first one--never gonna happen as long as Dwight starts.

    don't forget we still got Asik. also D-Mo's defense will not be as much of an issue against teams second units. most teams don't have a PF on the second unit who can light you up

  • 2016Champions says 11 months ago

    That's why I say we have him as the #1 scorer off the bench where the 2nd unit can cover up his defensive liabilities.

    That would make sense if the 2nd unit was a better defensive unit than the first one--never gonna happen as long as Dwight starts.

  • rockets best fan says 11 months ago

    That's why I say we have him as the #1 scorer off the bench where the 2nd unit can cover up his defensive liabilities.

    I don't disagree with that line of thought. t-jones still appears a little ahead to me, but both appear to be right on schedule to contribute this year

  • Buckko says 11 months ago


    D-Mo is going to be an offensive force.......I think we all agree on that. however I'm still concerned with his defense and rebounding. 5 rebounds in 23 minutes? got to get better than that.

    That's why I say we have him as the #1 scorer off the bench where the 2nd unit can cover up his defensive liabilities.
  • rockets best fan says 11 months ago

    D-Mo is going to be an offensive force.......I think we all agree on that. however I'm still concerned with his defense andrebounding.5 rebounds in 23 minutes? got to get better than that.

  • 2016Champions says 11 months ago

    I know he was by far the best player of the game, but what were his stats?

    Can't find them anywhere online, but someone tweeted this:https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1098520_10151530003116428_211002693_n.jpg

    If anyone's wondering why he only played 23 minutes, it's because he got 5 fouls (which I believe is the limit in FIBA). Dumb fouls as usual.

  • Buckko says 11 months ago

    I know he was by far the best player of the game, but what were his stats?

  • 2016Champions says 11 months ago

    D-Mo's stats today: 19pts (6/10 FG, 2/5 3PT, 5/8 FT), 5reb (1off4def), 2ast, 3stl and 2TO in 22:49 of playing time.

    Most of his points were hustle points, put backs, transition points ect.

    It's great to see him put on so much weight and muscle so quickly without noticeably losing speed (he was out-running everyone up and down the floor), but he still has a way to go in terms of core strength which was evident as he literally fell over several times during the game. It was pretty weird to see a 270 lbs 7-footer go flying tumbling across the ground after colliding with the Belgium pg, and the pg just stood there unaffected from the collision. Gotta take the good with the bad though, overall D-Mo is looking great!

  • Losthief says 11 months ago

    Dmo gots a big 2 months ahead with the Lithuania national team and eurobasket. He keeps getting 20+ minutes a night and producing similar numbers could do a alot come camp/preseason/rockets time.

    Question for ya'll, which is more impressive, production in eurobasket/international friendlies, or in summer league?

    tough for me, I'd almost argue that summer league has the deeper talent pool probably, but eurobasket/national teams have the team chemistry/consistency to be more challenging defensively, and obviously will have the larger sample size to rule out outliers that summer league tends to produce...

  • rockets best fan says 11 months ago

    your right Rahat he does look bigger and in much better physical condition. lets hope that carry over is a sample size of what he will bring us next year

  • tombrokeoff says 11 months ago

    nice. cant wait to see him this season. hoping for some nice improvement and really hoping he gets the starting nod.