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Chris Paul expected to miss 3-5 weeks after suffering shoulder injury (VIDEO)

Jan 3, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

This season continues to be terrible in terms of the game’s best players missing extended time due to injury.

Chris Paul left the Clippers’ win over the Mavericks on Friday with a shoulder injury, one that will apparently cause him to miss at least 3-5 weeks.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers delivered the news to reporters during his postgame presser.

Paul’s injury just further adds to a long list of star players that have gone down with serious injuries to this point in the season. The Clippers are currently fourth in the West with a record of 23-12, and Paul is averaging 19.6 points, 11.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 35 minutes per game for the team this year.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    So what about that post a few days ago saying that key players aren’t getting hurt more then usual?? Let’s add Ryan Anderson and CP3 to this ever-growing list…

    • money2long - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      i actually think that post was saying key players going down are making it seem like there are a lot more injuries this season than in years past. maybe there was something i missed in that article though. all i know is this blows.

      • money2long - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        congrats pro basketball talk dot com. my comment actually showed up. give your comment section a round of applause.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:39 AM

        Off topic but did you see Kendall Marshall tonight?? 20 pts., 15 ast., 6 reb.
        1 to, 8-12 fg, 1 deep 30 ft. 3 to put things away…WHO SAID MARSHALL DOESN’T BELONG IN THE LEAGUE!!!???

        What does Kanye West say?… CAN I TALK MY S__T AGAIN!!

      • money2long - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:51 AM

        hehe. of course i noticed ! i commented on some nash article here about the kid. yes i remember some clown dismissing him. wonder what he thought of his performance tonight. you had the vision malt. he did not.

      • eventhorizon04 - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:39 AM

        Correct, money2long.

        The same number of players are getting injured this year as compared to years past. The difference?

        This year, it’s the stars getting injured. Instead of the 3rd guy off the bench getting injured, this year, it’s been guys like Kobe, Westbrook, CP3, Lopez, Rose, etc.

        That’s key because some random bench guy getting injured gets a small article, while a star player getting injured gets much more press coverage and has a bigger impact on the playoff race, so you hear about the injury more.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      The question is if this is indeed “more then usual.” Most of the guys who are out all have a history of injury, so it’s not like it’s totally unexpected.

      Chris Paul, for example, missed 12 games last year, which would amount to missing about 3 weeks. So here we are again – you could say that for most of the guys on the injured list.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:45 AM

        Well, if you are going to to on that premise, everybody gets injured no matter what their history is. I mean, who plays a full 82+ that can ball?

      • antistratfordian - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:58 AM

        What premise are you talking about? Chris Paul missed 12 games last year because of a bruised kneecap. Most of the guys injured this year were injured last year – in the case of Bryant & Rose many had predicted that they would hit some sort of obstacle. Not a surprise that Westbrook ran into something either. Nash – he’s old and was plagued with injury last year – nothing shocking about that. Brook Lopez – 2nd season ending foot injury for him – no surprise there. Al Horford – another pectoral injury knocking him out of another season – nothing new there.

        Everybody does get injured though, but that doesn’t mean everybody misses games because of injury. A lot of starters only miss games at the end of the season to rest up for the playoffs.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        Not a surprise that Westbrook ran into something??? Before his big injury he played 4 years or so injury-free? He’s not known to be injury prone! He was one of the healthiest players to play in the league.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:15 AM

        Well once you have a “big injury” that previous reputation goes away. Same with Brook Lopez – he didn’t miss a single game before he missed most of the 2011-12 season with a foot injury. But once it happens everything changes – especially if you’re athletic with a knee injury like Westbrook, or a giant 7 footer with a foot injury like Lopez.

  2. stadix093 - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Sucks for clipper fans. Let the free fall begin.

  3. dannymac17 - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Classic Mavs. Cant sign em, bring em down.

  4. dolphindubs - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Wouldn’t key players have to get hurt at higher rates than lowkey players? Based on the fact that key guys play more minutes, increasing the opportunities for injuries compared to guys who don’t play as many minutes?

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      Many, many low minute guys get injured too. Not just the stars with a heavy workload. They just don’t get the mention, or the “shine”.

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:46 AM

      Every NBA team needs 5 players on the court at all times for 48 minutes total, for a total of 240 minutes of play time per game.

      On any given team, there are maybe 2 stars playing a total of 75 minutes per game. That means the remaining 165 minutes of playtime are being given out to 5 to 8 role players.

      There are far more role players than star players in the NBA, so it’s not surprising that more role players usually get injured than star players.

      • eventhorizon04 - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:51 AM

        Put another way – “stars” on a team with 2 stars are exposed to injury-risk for a combined 75 minutes per game.

        “Role players” on that same team are exposed to injury-risk for a combined 165 minutes per game.

        Assuming roughly equal injury risk per minute, you’d expect Role players as a whole to suffer more injuries than stars. Remember – while role players don’t score as much as stars, but they tend to do “the dirty work” like fighting for rebounds, taking on tough defensive assignments to “spare” stars of the burden, and setting screens. That stuff exposes them to injury.

  5. fearthehoody - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    “Let the free fall begin.” Loser! Darren Collision dropped 20 tonight in the win and he’s used to starting. Plus JJ Redicks back soon, Clips will hold down the Pacific. BTW, its the NBA, regular season does not matter

  6. abchome - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Maybe Chris Paul will pull a Paul Pierce (wheelchair) stunt and return real soon, perhaps as soon as the next game. People with separated shoulder take just a moment to heel, in movies.

  7. rickyspanish - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:30 AM


    Martin Riggs can teach him how to use a support beam to pop it back into place.

  8. lakerade - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    What a weird play, cp3 tumbles to the ground like that all the time, didn’t look like anything extreme or impactful but there it is.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Well, Darren…time to recreate the same magic you produced the last time you backed up CP3 when you guys were in the N-O.

  10. ufools - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    If DJ keeps up with those 25-18’s…..we will be all right.

  11. ufools - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    If DJ keeps up with those 25-18’s…..we will be all right.

  12. RavenzGunnerz - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Sad thing about this injury is that he was trying to flop.

    I tell ya, Harden will get injured if he keeps it up too.

  13. losanginsight - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    The boy who cried flop.

  14. kinglorious - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    I’m probably gunna catch some flack for this but I watched the replay 5xs specifically at :33 to :35 mark and I have to conclude that CP3 was flopping. He is one of my fav point guards, the guys amazing but I hope this deters him from flopping in the future.

    • davidly - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      I share your suspicion and admiration for CP3. Neither change the nature of his injury, so it’s not like we’re cold-blooded for speculating.

      What interests me now is whether or not the “injury” is him (and/or his team) cranking up the flop a notch; with that in mind one might keep our eye on that 3-5 weeks. Either way, it looks to me like it was a flop that put his shoulder on the floor like that.

  15. theebadguy - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    I deprecated my shoulder last year and it was one of the more painful, uncomfortable injury’s I’ve ever had. He will be in misery for about a week. Everything from sleeping to taking a show to getting dressed will be a miserable experience.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Deprecated, decapitated, dislocated: same thing.

    • theebadguy - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Gotta love auto correct. **Seperated**

  16. absentstars - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    WHEN FLOPS ATTACK! Time to replace the hardwood with nerf.

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