Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks’ Rondo will not play Monday against Timberwolves

Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo  is escorted to the locker room after he was injured during the opening moments of the first quarter Saturday.
Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo is escorted to the locker room after he was injured during the opening moments of the first quarter Saturday. AP

After a collision with teammate Richard Jefferson during Saturday’s game at Orlando, Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo will not play in Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Tip-off between the Mavs (32-17) and Timberwolves (8-39) is at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center.

Rondo’s status beyond Monday night’s game has not been determined by members of the Mavs’ medical staff, who are monitoring the playmaker’s condition.

Forward Chandler Parsons, who missed the past two games with an illness, hopes to play against the Timberwolves.

Rondo was bleeding from his nose and laid on the floor for several minutes after Jefferson inadvertently kneed him in the head just 98 seconds into the 108-93 win over the Magic.

On the play, Rondo tripped over Magic guard Elfrid Payton, and while Rondo was on the floor, Jefferson started racing up the floor, didn’t see him and accidentally kneed him in the head.

“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 trade with the Boston Celtics in which they gave up Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and Jae Crowder.

It is uncertain how long the Mavs will be without Rondo, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

“It was a really bad collision,” said Mavs center Tyson Chandler, who contributed 20 points and nine rebounds Saturday. “I don’t know what the prognosis is, but I know he’s pretty beat up in there.”

Rondo was originally diagnosed with a head injury in Orlando. It is not known if he has to go through the NBA concussion protocol before he’s allowed to play again.

All-Star sprint

Now that their four-game losing streak is behind them, the Mavs have turned their attention to going into the All-Star break with a winning streak.

In addition to Monday night’s home game against Minnesota, the Mavs play at Golden State on Wednesday, at Sacramento on Thursday, and then host Portland on Saturday. The Mavs entertain the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 9 and the Utah Jazz on Feb. 11 before the All-Star break.

“If we would have won the Chicago game [at home on Jan. 23] we had a chance to move into second [in the Western Conference],” Nowitzki said. “We lose four in a row and you’re in seventh.

“We’ve got to keep winning at a high clip in this conference, so it’s good to see that we’re getting some wins again and then go from there. Now obviously the goal is to finish strong before the All-Star break.”

The Mavs dropped four straight games before winning on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday in Miami and Orlando, respectively.

“We ain’t worrying about that — it’s over with now,” guard Monta Ellis said of the losing streak. “We won two now and we’ve got to build on this.

“We’ve got a good Minnesota team coming in on Monday — worry about them.”

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