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Clippers' Chris Paul, Charlotte's Kemba Walker to miss showdown

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What had the makings of a nice little showdown between two of the NBA’s better point guards unfortunately won’t be taking place now when the Clippers play at the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday.

That’s because the league’s preeminent point guard, Chris Paul, and up-and-coming young Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker are both out with injuries.

Paul has a Grade 3 AC joint separation of his right shoulder he suffered against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 3 that is expected to keep him out another four weeks.

Walker suffered a sprained left ankle that will sideline him for two weeks, the Bobcats said.

Paul was having his typical MVP-type season, averaging 19.6 points per game and a league-best 11.2 assists per game.

Walker, in his third season, was averaging 18.7 points per game, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds.

Paul was expected to join the Clippers on the trip in Charlotte after giving sneakers to his high school in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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