All-Star point guard Chris Paul will be sidelined for up to six weeks because of a separated right shoulder but will not require surgery, the Los Angeles Clippers said on Sunday.
The Clippers announced the prognosis after Paul, 28, had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam earlier in the day and was also re-evaluated by team doctors.
Paul suffered the injury during the third quarter of the Clippers' 119-112 win against the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday when he tripped over guard Monta Ellis.
He has since been diagnosed with a joint separation and "will be out up to six weeks", the Clippers said in a statement.
Paul, a six-time All-Star, has appeared in 34 games for the high-flying Clippers this season, averaging 19.6 points, a league-high 11.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds.
The 23-13 Clippers, who sit tied for fourth in the 15-team Western Conference, were hammered 116-92 by the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in their first game without Paul.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Gene Cherry)