Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul is inching closer to playing basketball again, perhaps as soon as Friday night when his team hosts the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center.

Paul, who has sat out 16 games because of a separated right shoulder, has been doing some shooting and running drills on his own. He hasn't practiced with the team because the Clippers haven't practiced recently.

But after the Clippers had a shootaround Monday, Coach Doc Rivers said Paul "gets on the floor and we go over plays."

Paul was injured Jan. 3 at Dallas. If he were to come back Friday, Paul would have been sidelined for five weeks.

"He hasn't had any contact," Rivers said. "But I would say hopefully by the end of the week, I'm assuming he will be. I doubt if we practice. That's the problem… But we can always do three-on-three stuff."
But Rivers said it wasn't necessary for Paul to get in a practice before he plays in a game.
"I think he's pretty good," Rivers said, laughing.