Los Angeles, CA - According to a RealGM.com Staff Report, the Los Angeles Clippers will be without superstar point guard Chris Paul for the next 3-5 weeks due to a shoulder injury. Paul has been having a huge season in L.A. running the point, and is the main reason that the Clippers are one of the better teams in the tough Western Conference. The Clippers will have their hands full playing without Paul, and could very well lose some steam over the next couple weeks.
Chris Paul has played in 34 games this season with the Clippers, averaging 19.6 points, 11.2 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game. Obviously, averaging a double-double shows how big of a season Chris Paul is having, but he’s also playing exceptional defense. Paul is averaging 2.4 steals per game, and under Doc Rivers is playing the most aggressive basketball of his career to this point.
The Clippers will ask Darren Collison to step into the starting point guard position until Chris Paul is able to return. Collison was signed this past offseason to be Paul’s backup, and has performed fairly well so far. In 35 games played with Los Angels this season, Collison has averaged 8.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. Those numbers are from coming off the bench, and Collison has had previous success as a starting point guard.
This injury does leave the Clippers short on point guards with Collison being the only other true point guard on the roster. Jamal Crawford will likely see an extended role as a ball-handler, which is just as good if not better than having another point guard. The next few weeks will be a learning process for the rest of the league to see how good this Clippers team really is. They have had their moments of being dominant, and they have also had bad losses. It will be interesting to see how they’re able to continue the next 3-5 weeks without their floor general.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.