Clippers lose star guard Chris Paul 3-5 weeks to shoulder injury

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Dallas, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Clippers will miss Chris Paul’s services for three to five weeks due to a separated shoulder suffered Friday in a collision with Dallas Mavs’ Monta Ellis.

Paul crashed to the floor after being fouled by Ellis with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter.

He left the American Airlines Center with his right arm in a sling and did not speak to the media.

The Clippers said Paul would be with the team in San Antonio on Saturday and would be examined in L.A. on Sunday. He is scheduled to visit a specialist Monday.

If Paul is sidelined for three weeks, he will miss the Clippers’ next 10 games. An absence extends of five weeks translates to 18 missed games.

An All-Star the past six seasons, Paul is averaging 19.6 points and a league-high 11.2 assists per game.

Darren Collison would pick up point guard duties in Paul’s absence, and Jamal Crawford is also capable of taking on some of the ball-handling.

“It’s going to be tough because he’s our engine,” said Collison. “But at the same time, this team is very talented. We have the depth to overcome this.”

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