Motiejunas (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 101-98 loss to the Spurs on Friday. Coach Alvin Gentry ran a tight eight-man rotation in a close game Friday, leaving no room for Motiejunas, who only saw six minutes in the team's previous contest Wednesday against the Pistons. With a 27.3 percent mark from three-point range on the season, Motiejunas isn't providing the impact from beyond the arc the Pelicans expected, and his poor defense has generally made him a liability when he's taken the floor. Gentry might be content to explore different reserve options in the frontcourt at this point.
Motiejunas (lower leg) returned to Sunday's tilt against the Thunder after receiving stitches to close a laceration on his left shin. The Pelicans' medical staff gave the big man the green light to head back into Sunday's game after he got stitches in the locker room. There doesn't seem to be any reason to believe he won't be available to play in the team's next contest Wednesday against the Pistons.
Motiejunas is probable to return to Sunday's matchup against the Thunder with a left shin laceration, which will require stitches. Though the big man suffered a fairly serious cut on his calf, he'll probably return to Sunday's game after getting stitches in the locker room. If he doesn't make it back to the floor, Alexis Ajinca and Dante Cunningham would likely pick up additional minutes.
Motiejunas recorded seven points (2-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 22 minutes in a 105-99 loss to the Kings on Sunday. Motiejunas has seen his playing time pick up in the last three contests, with the big man seeing at least 19 minutes in each game. Even so, his averages of 4.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal during that stretch don't give much of a compelling case to go out and grab him on the waiver wire in deeper leagues where he's available. It may take an extended absence to Anthony Davis before Motiejunas makes much of an impression in fantasy circles.
Motiejunas finished with 10 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal over 22 minutes in Friday's 119-103 win against the Spurs. The Lithuanian big man has pieced together a three-game streak with 10 or more points, averaging 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocked shots during the stretch. The 7-footer played plenty of minutes despite the fact Anthony Davis (quadriceps) was back in action. He appears to be carving out a decent role in the New Orleans rotation, and he is worth a look in deeper fantasy formats.
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