Donatas 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 Houston Rockets clear him to play. There's no telling when that might come.
Donatas Motiejunas (back) has yet to receive clearance to begin practicing with the Houston 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.
Donatas Motiejunas (back) is out for the Houston 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.
Rockets forward Donatas Donatas Motiejunas (back) remains without a timetable to play in games.
Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas (back) has started running but said he remains without a return timetable, ESPN reports.
Motiejunas underwent back surgery in April and has faced a lengthy road to recovery. He's still a ways away from returning to game action, and at this point it appears a return for opening night may be close to out of the question.
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