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Rajon Rondo missing first game in Dallas as a King

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Dallas Mavericks pauses on the court in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Mavericks won 120-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) -- Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo is out of the starting lineup and not expected to play in his first visit to Dallas since an acrimonious split with the Mavericks during the first round of the playoffs last season.

Rondo, who had back spasms during a victory at Oklahoma City on Monday, was on the bench during game warmups Tuesday night and didn’t play in the first half.

The NBA’s assists leader faced the Mavericks for the first time this season in a 112-98 victory at Sacramento in November. He had 21 points and five assists.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle cited a back injury while saying he didn’t think Rondo would play for the Mavericks again two games into a five-game playoff loss to Houston last April. Carlisle and Rondo clashed several times after the point guard arrived in a midseason trade with Boston.