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The Rockets lose valuable frontcourt depth without Donatas Motiejunas

In today's Rocket Fuel: The Rockets looked good in their first preseason game, Clint Capela has some serious motivation, and D-MO could be a missing link for the Rockets.

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The preseason has officially begun! Which means the 2016-2017 NBA season is underway! We survived the off season! To congratulate yourself, make sure you're caught up on the latest Rockets news with today's Rocket Fuel!

Rockets' new-look offense looks good in opening victory | ESPN

Yes it was preseason. And yes it was against a team from China. But hey, let us have some fun analyzing the first Rockets game of the season!

Houston Rockets Complete 2016-17 NBA Season Preview | Bleacher Report

Here's a complete breakdown of the Rockets' off season, rotation, and x-factors. And yes, there is a prediction at the end.

Report: Rockets, Donatas Motiejunas 'far apart' in final days of negotiations |

The Rockets don't necessarily need D-MO, but they would certainly lose some valuable front court depth without him.

Clint Capela determined to become an elite center for Rockets | Houston Chronicle

Capela has the motivation and determination you want to see out of a young big man. As long as he stays happy running the pick and roll, we'll all be happy with him.