Chris Paul out for 3-5 weeks with separated shoulder

Jan 3, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) falls to the court while dribbling past Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Paul sprained his right shoulder and did not return to the game. The Clippers defeated the Mavericks 119-112. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In Friday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul collided with Monta Ellis and went down on the floor holding his shoulder. He left the game in frustration, removing his mouth piece and slamming it on the ground as he was making his way to the locker roms. The initial diagnosis  is a separated shoulder and Doc Rivers said after the game  that CP3 could miss up to five weeks of action.

“He’s down,” Rivers said. “He’s out at least three to five weeks and maybe more. We don’t know that [yet]. We know it’s a separated shoulder. We don’t know what grade it is, yet. We’ll probably send him home, and he’ll get evaluated in L.A., and just hope that he’s going to be OK.”

(via ESPN)

At a time when just about every superstar in the league is going down with serious injuries, this is just another disappointing situation. Paul has been terrific this season running the show for the Clippers and the team could potentially be lost without their floor general, who always makes guys around him better. With Paul on the sidelines, Darren Collison should see a huge bump in minutes.

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