Clippers' Chris Paul out with shoulder injury

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul will miss three to five weeks after separating his right shoulder in a game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Left game against Mavericks in third quarter

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, controls the ball as Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Calderon, right, defends during the first half on Jan. 3, 2014. (Sharon Ellman/Associated Press)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul will miss three to five weeks after separating his right shoulder in a game against Dallas.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury to the shoulder on the star's shooting arm Friday night was a separation. Earlier, the team had said it was a sprain.

Paul was tripped by Mavericks guard Monta Ellis while dribbling around a screen. He rolled over and stayed on the floor holding his shoulder while trainers attended to him.

After staying down for about a minute, Paul went to the locker room with 6:43 remaining in third quarter.

Paul scored 19 points in the first half and made his first five shots, all from 3-point range.

The Clippers play at San Antonio on Saturday night.

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