Chris Paul is the main cog in the Los Angeles Clipper machine, making his extended absence a tough blow for the immediate future.
Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times noted that:
“Chris Paul underwent an MRI exam Sunday that revealed a Grade 3 AC joint separation of his right shoulder that the Clippers said would sideline their All-Star guard up to six weeks.”
A six-week timetable would mean that Clippers would be without Paul for 20 games—at the very least.
The plus side would be that 13 of those 20 games would be against Eastern Conference opponents. The downside is that the Clippers tend to play down to their opponents—just 8-6 against the East this season.
Without Paul, the Clippers will face questions both on the floor and personnel wise.