It took Chris Paul two days to finally get out of his funk after he learned he had a Grade 3 AC joint separation of his right shoulder that will sideline him up to six weeks.
Paul was injured Friday night in Dallas but doesn't need surgery.
The Clippers All-Star point guard learned that the AC joint separation is an injury to the area connecting the collarbone with the front part of the shoulder blade, and a Grade 3 is considered the worst of the three grades.
"I woke up [Sunday] and was done feeling sorry for myself," Paul said Monday night in his first interview since the injury. "I've got to approach the rehab and get back as soon as I possibly can."
Paul probably won't return until after the All-Star break, around Feb. 17.
Paul sat out his second consecutive game Monday night and is in line to sit out 20 games.
"I felt it when it happened. I could sort of hear it and I knew that it was pretty significant," said Paul, who was averaging 19.6 points per game and an NBA-best 11.2 assists. "I think the thing that made me mad too is I feel like as athletes, you prepare, you do everything possible to try to not get injured. That's all the preparation, the strength training, the stretching. I think that was the most frustrating part."