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NBA notebook: Rondo to miss Monday’s game

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Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo reportedly will not play Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a facial injury.

League sources told ESPN that Rondo, who suffered the injury in the first quarter of Saturday night’s win in Orlando, was scheduled to be evaluated Sunday by the Mavericks’ medical staff to establish how long he will be sidelined.

The injury occurred when Rondo tripped and was accidentally kneed in the face by teammate Richard Jefferson. Jefferson did not see Rondo on the floor as he started to sprint down the court on a fast break.

In 20 games since being acquired by Dallas from the Boston Celtics on Dec. 18, Rondo is averaging 9.7 points and 6.9 assists, while shooting 40 percent from the floor.

–The Houston Rockets fear that center Dwight Howard might be sidelined at least a month because of the continuing problems with his right knee, ESPN reported Saturday.

The Rockets still expect Howard to be ready to return for the final few weeks of the regular season as well as the playoffs, but now they believe Howard will be out for weeks instead of days, as originally thought.

–The Phoenix Suns recalled guards Reggie Bullock and Archie Goodwin from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, the team announced.

Bullock played in 25 games for the Los Angeles Clippers this season, averaging 2.6 points. He played in one game for the Suns without scoring.

Goodwin played in 13 games for the Suns this season, averaging 3.6 points.

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