The times they are a changin'. In an unanticipated move today, Kevin McHale has announced that there will be a new face in the starting line-up tomorrow night against the Bucks

During his first significant NBA minutes, Donatas Motiejūnas scored 13 points, grabbed three rebounds and two assists in Harden-less match up with the Clippers two weeks ago. After the All-Star break (and especially after the Thomas Robinson Trade) Motiejūnas has seen a exponential spike in minutes. Saturday night in the nation's capital the Lithuanian rookie added 11 points and six rebounds during a career high 23 minutes. Daryl Morey caught Kevin McHale off guard when he shipped out Houston's primary two power forwards and while going small with Chandler at the four can work, it's not sustainable. Motiejūnas has shown some sound fundamentals and footwork during his recent NBA binge and any modern Rockets fan can speak to his offensive competence. I'm all for seeing what the D-Mo can do as a starter until Thomas Robinson becomes more acclimated with our system. I'm actually ecstatic about it.

The following is a lengthy and largely unrelated anecdote, but perhaps it will help explain my irrational obsession with D-Mo. During my senior year in college (2010) my roommates and I spent the majority of our free time playing NBA 2K 2009 on the Xbox 360. The NBA 2K series is horribly addictive franchise to begin with but the three of us managed to take our addiction with this game to the next level. The game allows you to pick a team, manage your staff, develop rookies, scout players and prospects, draft, negotiate contracts and make trades. You can schedule practices, use hard earned points to emphasize development on particular players during the off-season and training camp, stagger rotation minutes, sign free agents, and even send players to the D-League. It's really quite an immersive world. The association sucked us in.