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Rajon Rondo to return vs. Thunder

DALLAS -- Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo returned to practice Tuesday and plans to play Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rondo missed the last six games due to nasal and left orbital bone fractures suffered Jan. 31 when he was inadvertently kneed in the face by teammate Richard Jefferson. Surgery was not required to repair the fractures.

"I'm very blessed," said Rondo, who has averaged 9.2 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 21 games since the Mavs acquired him in a Dec. 18 blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics. "I've had a couple surgeries before and it's not a good thing to come back from surgery or any injury. Keeping my fingers crossed, keep praying. Like I said, I'm in a grateful situation."

Center Tyson Chandler, who missed the final game before the All-Star break due to a sprained left ankle, was limited in practice and is also expected to play against Oklahoma City.

Rondo said he is no longer suffering any pain in his face. He added that the main concern was double vision, which is also no longer an issue.

"I've talked to a couple doctors and for the most part, pretty much said the same thing," Rondo said. "If I'm not having double vision and my eye hasn't dropped two millimeters then I'll be fine."

The Mavs had a customized protective mask made for Rondo, but he has not decided whether he plans to wear it during games.

"I tried to wear it today in practice, but we didn't have much contact for me to put it on," Rondo said. "I came in last night and shot in the mask. It's custom made for my face, so it's not uncomfortable."