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

Chris Paul out up to six weeks with shoulder injury

Tough news for Clippers fans, as Chris Paul is going to miss significant time. He went down on Friday night in Dallas, after he tripped over Monta Ellis, and he did not return to the game. Initial reports stated that Paul would be out for three to six weeks, and it seems like their worst fears were realized.

Paul will now miss up to six weeks with a separated right shoulder, the team announced on Sunday. He could obviously come back before that, but the fact that the team is throwing the number six out shows that they will likely be patient with this. The Clippers have a real shot at contending for a title this season, and they will need him back at full strength as the playoffs roll around. He should come back right around the middle of February or so, and that would give him plenty of time to shake the rust off.

The injury will not require surgery, so that’s a positive sign. Paul misses time in January every season for rest, but this time it will because of injury. Get well soon, Chris Paul. The league isn’t the same without you. He was averaging 19.6 points, and a league-leading 11.2 assists per game before the injury.  Darren Collison will get the start in his place as he did in San Antonio on Saturday.

They sure could use that Eric Bledsoe guy right about now.

 

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