Dallas Mavericks

Rondo won’t play against Minnesota due to a facial injury


DALLAS – Following a violent collision during Saturday’s game in Orlando with teammate Richard Jefferson, point guard Rajon Rondo will not play in Monday’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a source.

How long Rondo will be sidelined has yet to be determined by the Mavs’ medical staff, who are still evaluating the impact surrounding the unfortunate incident.

Rondo suffered a facial injury when Jefferson accidently kneed him in the head while the talented guard was on the floor 98 seconds into a game the Mavs prevailed 108-93. Rondo had initially tripped over Magic guard Elfrid Payton near the 28-footline.

And when Jefferson took off down court, he didn’t see Rondo on the floor and inadvertently kneed him in the head. After the accident, Rondo was bleeding profusely before he headed to the Mavs’ locker room.

"I didn’t see the whole thing, but then I saw the replay and it looked completely ugly,’’ forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "I saw RJ even has a bruise on his knee, so that tells you how hard, unfortunately, he hit him.

"But he’s a tough kid, so the docs will check him out and then we’ll go from there. But that was as hard of a hit as I’ve seen in this league.’’

The Mavs acquired Rondo in a Dec. 18 blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics. Since the acquisition the Mavs are 13-9, while they were 19-8 prior to trading for Rondo.