The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that Chris Paul will not require surgery for his separated shoulder and will miss up to 6 weeks. The severity of his injury was confirmed after Paul had an MRI. Since surgery is not required, it is likely that he was diagnosed with either a grade 1, 2, or 3 separation.
The timeframe given puts Paul back on the court a week or two before All-Star weekend from February 14-16. If last night’s game against San Antonio is any indication of the Clippers’ play without Paul, they may slip out of the playoff picture by the time he returns. Only 2.5 games separate the Clippers from the Mavericks, who are currently in the 8th and final playoff spot.