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.
Chris Paul injured his right shoulder in the third quarter of last night’s Clippers vs Mavs game. Here’s the video proof.
Official word is that it is a “separated shoulder”, which means CP3 might be out of commission for at least 3-5 weeks. “There goes my fantasy team!” was probably a common reaction from many across the nation this morning. I was certainly one of them as I scrambled to check who was left in free agency to pick up the slack. But more on that in a minute.
First, let’s take a closer look at separated shoulders and what makes them so painful. Shoulder separation is there is a downward force applied to the top of the shoulder, specifically, on the acromioclavicular joint. In CP3’s situation, you can see that he fell and landed on the top of his right shoulder. This causes a stretching or even possible tear of the ligament that connects the scapula (shoulder blade) to the calvicle (collarbone). The distinction between a separation and a dislocation is that the latter occurs when the humerus (upper arm bone) separates from the scapula at the glenohumeral joint. Regardless, both cause scream-inducing pain.
Paul’s 3-5 week recovery period is dependent on the severity of his separation during his evaluation. The most common method of determining the grade of the injury is by shooting x-rays of the shoulder. There are six grades, which range from mild to complete separation:
- Grade 1: slight displacement of the joint and the AC ligament may be stretched or partially torn
- Grade 2: partial dislocation of the joint and the AC ligament is torn but the coracoclavicular ligaments are intact
- Grade 3: complete joint dislocation with complete tears of the AC and coracoclavicular ligaments
- Grades 4-6: uncommon but most severe, with fractures present
The hope is that Paul has no more than a grade 3 separation as those do not require surgery and instead will heal with ample rest, ice, pain-meds if necessary, and rehab exercises. In the meantime, who should you look to pick-up to try and replace his production in fantasy? If you’re like me in a 14-team league, the pickings are slim, but here’s a quick list to get you started.
- Darren Collison – LAC: Obvious choice as he gets the nod to start for Paul. He took over after Paul left last night and finished with 20 PTS, 4 AST, and 3 REB. He won’t be making many 3s for you but he is a must start if still available.
- Kendall Marshall – LAL: In his first start last night after Farmar went down, he put up 20 PTS, 15 AST, 6 REB, 2 3PTM, and only 1 TO. Seeing as how he is the only healthy point guard left on the Lakers’ roster, now is a good time to snatch him up.
- Jarrett Jack – CLE: Kyrie Irving is day-to-day with a knee injury and Jack is starting in his place. Averages of 15/7/5 shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to expect.
Get well soon because we can all use a bit more of this in our lives: