At the 6:43 mark in the third quarter, Paul attempted to drive to the basket, but was bumped by Mavericks’ guard Monta Ellis and fell to ground.
Paul did not return.
Chris Paul down with what looks like a shoulder injury. https://t.co/xpM17QE5my
— Tyler Lashbrook (@lashy) January 4, 2014
Before leaving the game, Paul scored 19 points on five-of-eight shooting, including five-of-six shooting from beyond the arc and a perfect four-of-four night at the free throw line. He also had six assists, three rebounds and a steal.
After the game, Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers guessed that Paul had a separated shoulder and estimated that Paul would be out for three to five weeks.
During the offseason, the Clippers signed Darren Collison, Paul’s backup in New Orleans. He will be asked to fill in for Paul and help keep the team afloat, much like he did as a rookie during the 2009-10 season. This season, Collison is averaging 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.9 steals per game.
Paul is averaging 19.6 points, 11.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.