DALLAS – As expected, Dallas Mavericks players were somewhat taken aback that guard Rajon Rondo will not be playing any more games with them.
"I was a little surprised,’’ center Tyson Chandler said. "Couldn’t say I wasn’t surprised.
"I was a little surprised. It is what it is.’’
On Wednesday, coach Rick Carlisle said he didn’t think Rondo would ever wear a Mavs jersey again. That came one day after Rondo was a mental no-show in Game 2 of the Mavs’ first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets.
Overall, Rondo wound up playing just nine minutes and 55 seconds in Game 2 while also being benched for the final 23:26.
After Game 2, Carlisle said he went with J. J. Barea and Raymond Felton at point guard because they were playing better. But in a hastily called press conference on Wednesday, Carlisle said Rondo was suffering from a back problem.
"It kind of is what it is,’’ guard Devin Harris said. "We really can’t play too much into it.
"Our focus has to be winning with the guys we have.’’
Forward Chandler Parsons, who is out for the remainder of the seoasn and will have right knee surgery, said of Rondo: "His back hurts. He’s hurting, too.’’
The Mavs are down 0-2 in their series against the Rockets, with Game 3 slated for 6 p.m. Friday at American Airlines Center. They’re counting on external factors like the crowd noise and home court being very beneficial in their bid to get back into the season.
"We’ve been shorthanded a little bit throughout the year,’’ Harris said. "Other guys have stepped up.
"Now’s a perfect time to do so. We’ve got to play with the guys we have and try to get a win.’’