Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is expected to miss at least three to five weeks with a separated right shoulder suffered during Friday night's 119-112 win against the Dallas Mavericks.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury to the shoulder on the star's shooting arm was a separation. Earlier, the team had announced that it it was a sprain.

Paul left the American Airlines Center with his right arm in a sling and did not speak to the media.

"He's down," Rivers said. "He's out at least three to five weeks and maybe more. We don't know that [yet]. We know it's a separated shoulder. We don't know what grade it is, yet. We'll probably send him home, and he'll get evaluated in L.A., and just hope that's he's going to be OK."

The Clippers later said Paul would be with the team in San Antonio on Saturday and would be examined in L.A. on Sunday. He is scheduled to visit a specialist Monday. After that, the team will provide an update on the injury and a recovery schedule.

Paul suffered the injury when he crashed to the floor after being fouled by Dallas guard Monta Ellis with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter. The Clippers announced that Paul was out for the game minutes later.

Paul, an All-Star the last six seasons, is averaging 19.6 points and a league-high 11.2 assists per game. Darren Collison, who signed a two-year, $3.9 million deal this summer to back up Paul after spending last season in Dallas, had 20 points and four assists while playing 35 minutes in the win against the Mavs.