The Dallas Mavericks are scuffling and struggling to find chemistry as the playoffs draw near. After suffering a loss against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, they suffered another blow as their point guard, Rajon Rondo, hyperextended his knee in the loss.
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Rondo left the game in the first quarter after injuring his left knee.
Rondo was accidentally kicked in his left shin by Warriors forward Harrison Barnes on a layup attempt. Rondo went to the ground and stayed their before limping off to the bench and then eventually the locker room.
This isn’t the first time that Rondo has had a knee injury. In 2013, Rondo tore the ACL in his right knee when he played for the Boston Celtics.
Rondo spoke to ESPN Dallas after suffering the injury:
"“It’s not the worst thing that could have happened, so I’m fine,” Rondo said.[…]“I got looked at by the doctor and it wasn’t what I thought it was,” Rondo said. “I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t the same [as his previous knee injury].”“It’s not the worst thing that could have happened, so I’m fine,” Rondo said.[…]“I got looked at by the doctor and it wasn’t what I thought it was,” Rondo said. “I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t the same [as his previous knee injury].”"
Dallas is already down another man, as Chandler Parsons has been dealing with swelling in his right knee.
The team will take a further look at Rondo’s knee before the team plays host to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. It would be good to have Rondo on the court Wednesday, as the Mavericks have struggled against the Suns all season. The Suns have won all three meetings in the season series.
The Mavericks, since the big trade in December, where they acquired Rondo have been struggling to find some consistency all season. While their record stands at 46-31, and the team looks to have a shot at another 50-win season, in the Western Conference, it’s only good enough for the No. 7 seed.
If the playoffs started today, the Mavericks would be facing the No. 2 seed Houston Rockets, who won the season series by taking three of four games.
However, with only five games remaining in the regular season can’t gain any ground in the standings, and it’s unlikely that the Thunder, who are four games back can overtake the Mavericks for the No. 7 seed, the Mavericks might be better off resting their point guard before facing a tough test in the playoffs.
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