Chris Paul exited the court early during the 3rd quarter of a game versus the Dallas Mavericks after suffering a shoulder injury after being tripped by Mavericks guard Monte Ellis. Paul appeared to be in pain as team trainers attended to him. Fortunately, the Clippers managed to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 119 – 112 without their star guard. The Clippers will face the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. The L.A. Clippers have not released any official information regarding Paul’s injury while I personally think he is doubtful for Saturdays game.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury to the shoulder on the star’s shooting arm Friday night was a separation. Paul is expected to miss 3 -5 weeks (10-18 games). Paul played 34-35 games this season, missing only a single game on Nov 29 due to a hamstring strain. According to the NBA official site, Paul will be re-examined on Sunday and visit with a specialist Monday to determine the extent of his injury. Clippers back-up point guard Darren Collision is expected to replace Paul in the lineup.