No surgery needed for Chris Paul

Chris Paul

LOS ANGELES -- Clippers point guard Chris Paul will be out up to six weeks after being diagnosed with a separated right shoulder, the team announced Sunday.

No surgery will be required for Paul, who underwent an MRI exam Sunday and was reevaluated by team doctors.

Paul suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Clippers' win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday when he crashed to the floor after being fouled by Dallas guard Monta Ellis.

The six-time All-Star has appeared in 34 games this season, averaging 19.6 points, a league-high 11.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

The Clippers waived point guard Maalik Wayns on Sunday, opening a roster spot to possibly add a point guard to the team. Coach Doc Rivers said Saturday the team was looking at options.

"There are a few guys who could get out of their contracts in China," Rivers said. "So you're looking at all that stuff."

Darren Collison, who started 47 games last season with Dallas and has started 221 games in his five seasons in the NBA, will be the Clippers' starting point guard while Paul is out. Collison is averaging 8.6 points, 2.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds this season.

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