Rajon Rondo to have surgery for facial fractures

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Rajon Rondo out at least three games after taking a knee to the face
Monday February 2nd, 2015

Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo will undergo surgery for the facial fractures he sustained over the weekend.

Rondo suffered an orbital fracture to his left eye and a nasal fracture less a than minute into Dallas' home victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. He tripped over Magic guard Elfrid Payton and his face collided with the knee of teammate Richard Jefferson. He bled from his nose as he left the floor after the incident, and did not return to the game.

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The Mavericks announced on Monday morning that Rondo would not travel to the team's road games against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night and the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. The Mavericks also said Rondo would undergo testing and evaluation during the team's road trip.

Entering Wednesday, Dallas was sixth in the Western Conference at 33-17 after winning its last three games and six of its last 10.

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Rondo, in his first season in Dallas after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Boston Celtics, has started 21 games for the Mavericks this year, averaging 9.2 points, 6.5 assists and five rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game.

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