Chris Paul out 3-5 weeks with separated shoulder


Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul left Friday night’s 119-112 win over the Dallas Mavericks with a right shoulder sprain and did not return.

Paul will will be re-examined by medical personnel Sunday and visit with a specialist Monday to determine the extent of his injury.

He is expected to be out a minimum of 3-5 weeks (10-18 games), according to head coach Doc Rivers.

“He’s down,” Rivers said when asked about Paul. “He’s out at least 3-5 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.”

Paul suffered the injury with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter after coming around a screen and landing awkwardly on his right shoulder after being fouled by Dallas guard Monta Ellis.

Paul had 19 points and six assists in 21 minutes when he exited.

“I’ve got to step up,” Griffin said. “There’s not a set amount of minutes or plays or anything like that that I can sit here and tell you that I’m going to have to do. But everybody’s got to step up and I’ve got to be the first one.”

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