Motiejunas picked up the injury in Wednesday's game, but played through it. He has played nearly every game this season for Houston, averaging 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 71 games.
Motejunas is on the injury report with lower back pain.
Motejunas played Wednesday night against the Pelicans and scored 21 points and brought down eight rebounds.
Motiejunas did well in every aspect of the game, pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out four assists. It was the fourth game in his last five scoring in double figures and first scoring over 20 since January.
"The last couple games I think we're awful for me," Motiejunas said to the Houston Chronicle. "I couldn't catch the rhythm. I couldn't catch anything. I felt really bad. I missed practically layups. I really was not happy. I don't think anyone was happy. I appreciate the people who support me, the coaches, my teammates and the fans. It was tough for me, but I'm happy I'm back on track."
Motiejunas was able to find a bit more of a rhythm Saturday, going 6 of 9 from the field, totaling 18 points.
Coach Kevin McHale is glad to see the problem has gone away, at least for one game.
"He was going to get going again," McHale said. "I just thought D-Mo got tired playing a lot of centers. He'll be fine. He had a great stretch. Sometimes you just have a little bit of a fallback. This is hopefully a good game for him to get going again. I like a lot of stuff he did. He played well."
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