Motiejunas (back) took part in the Rockets' shootaround Sunday morning, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. It's just the latest sign of progress for Motiejunas, who has been upping his basketball-related activities in recent weeks and seems to be trending toward a return to the court at some point in December. He'll undergo an examination Tuesday that could result in him being cleared to take part in practices, and if he's able to get a few sessions under his belt in the days to follow, Motiejunas could be cleared to play as soon as next week. Once he's deemed available to play, Motiejunas will compete with Terrence Jones and Clint Capela for minutes in the Rockets' frontcourt.
Motiejunas (back) is nearing a return to game action, the Houston Chronicle's Jenny Dial Creech reports. The report is decidedly vague, with coach J.B. Bickerstaff not giving out any timetable, but simply noting that Motiejunas has been doing some 1-on-1 work as he continues to ramp up his activity in practice. Look for Motiejunas to return sometime in early December.
Motiejunas took part in some non-contact basketball activities Wednesday, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports. It's a positive step for Motiejunas, but he still appears far away from making his season debut while he continues to recover from April back surgery. Because he missed training camp, Motiejunas will likely require at least a few weeks of full-contact practice before the Rockets clear him to play. There's no telling when that might come.
Motiejunas (back) has yet to receive clearance to begin practicing with the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. Motiejunas has been slow to progress from a lower-back procedure back in April, which was only initially expected to sideline him for two-to-three months. While he's been able to do some light individual drills on his own, once he's cleared to practice, Motiejunas will likely require multiple weeks to get his conditioning up to par. It's possible he might not be back on the court until December.
Motiejunas (back) is out for the Rockets' season-opening game Wednesday against the Nuggets, the Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. This is mostly a formality, as Motiejunas missed the entire preseason following April back surgery and is facing an uncertain timetable for a return. Until Motiejunas starts practicing regularly with the Rockets again, he shouldn't be viewed as close to returning.
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