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Clippers Say Paul’s Injury Will Cost 6 Weeks

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Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats at STAPLES Center on January 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats at STAPLES Center on January 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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   LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Chris Paul will be out of the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup for up to six weeks with a separated right shoulder, but the All-Star point guard won’t need surgery.

The Clippers gave the prognosis Sunday after Paul had an MRI.

Paul was injured in the third quarter of the Clippers’ game at Dallas on Friday when he tripped over guard Monta Ellis.

Paul is averaging 19.6 points, an NBA-best 11.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers, who lost to San Antonio on Saturday with Darren Collison starting in his place. Collison scored 20 points against Dallas and had 14 against the Spurs.

It had previously been estimated that Paul would miss 3-to-4 weeks.

The Clippers waived point guard Maalik Wayns on Sunday. Coach Doc Rivers had said he wasn’t a viable option for replacing Paul.

The Clippers open a four-game homestand Monday against Orlando.

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