Update: Motiejunas turned in 14 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block over 31 minutes in Thursday's 97-96 Game 3 victory over the Warriors.
Analysis: The 25-year-old sprung to life after a modest first two games of the series, with the double-double serving as his first of his injury-shortened season. Motiejunas was also encouragingly able to contribute from long range, adding a key dimension to a Rockets offense that typically relies an inordinate amount on James Harden. Contributions down low the likes of the ones put forth by Dwight Howard and Motiejunas on Thursday would undoubtedly go a long way in helping the Rockets remain competitive for the remainder of the series. The oft-injured four-year veteran will try to keep his positive momentum going in Sunday's Game 4 showdown.
The Houston Rockets have dealt forward/center Donatas Motiejunas and guard Marcus Thornton to Detroit in a three-team trade that also includes Philadelphia.
Houston received a protected 2016 first-round pick from Detroit and the draft rights of forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum from the Sixers in the deal. The Rockets also sent Denver's second-round pick in 2017 to Philadelphia and the Sixers received center Joel Anthony from the Pistons. Motiejunas started 62 games for the Rockets last season, but has appeared in just 14 games this season after offseason back surgery.