The long-term effects aren’t known yet, but Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo will be out at least the next two games after suffering an orbital fracture to his left eye and a nasal fracture during a violent collision with teammate Richard Jefferson 98 seconds into Saturday’s 108-93 win in Orlando.
Rondo missed Monday’s game against Minnesota and will also sit out the two-game road swing to Northern California when the Mavs play at Golden State on Wednesday and at Sacramento on Thursday.
The Mavs released a statement saying Rondo will undergo additional testing and evaluation and his status will be updated later.
Asked how Rondo is dealing with this injury emotionally and physically, coach Rick Carlisle said: “We made a release and that’s all I’m going to say about it. We’ll update you as we have more information.
“It makes no sense to get into any details about it at this point.”
Jefferson had a knee bruise after the collision, but said he’s feeling fine and is more concerned about Rondo’s well-being.
“My thoughts go out to him — I want him to get better soon,” Jefferson said. “Hopefully he has a quick and speedy recovery.
“Luckily we have the All-Star break not far away, so hopefully that gives him some more time to get right and get back. But he’s a tough dude, a tough guy.”
Said Devin Harris, who had a bird’s eye view of the injury:“It didn’t look good at all. It’s an unfortunate situation.
“I don’t think there’s anything that could have been prevented. These things do happen from time to time — we just wish him the best and hope he can get back as soon as he can.”
Jefferson said he never saw Rondo in his path, but he recalls blood gushing from Rondo’s nose.
“I knew we had made contact, but that was it,” Jefferson said. “These types of things happen.
“Often guys get elbowed, kicked, stepped on — things happen. Obviously you don’t want collateral damage by your teammate, but it’s tough when that stuff happens.”
In 21 games since the Mavs acquired him in a trade with the Boston Celtics, Rondo has averaged 9.2 points, five rebounds and 6.5 assists. Also, their defensive efficiency has improved.
Regardless of Rondo’s status, the Mavericks are hoping to build momentum with five games left before the All-Star break.
“We can’t let this affect us and prevent what we’re trying to do, which is going into the break on a good strong run,” Harris said. “We’re a deep team from one [player] all the way down to [the 14th player].
“And when things like this happen, I think that’s the idea going into being a deep team. So we have guys who definitely can fill in and play well.”
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