by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets have yet to confirm it (they likely will today, after CP3 meets with team doctors), but according to several media reports, the All-Star point guard is set to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.

The knee trouble began on Wednesday night in Golden State for Paul when he tweaked it, and on Friday night he aggravated things by crashing into a cameraman on the sidelines.

Paul will likely miss the All-Star Game next month in Dallas, opening the door for someone like Chauncey Billups to take his place. Chris Paul is expected to miss up to two months following the surgical prodecure.

As for the Hornets, their work is cut out for them: they’re currently holding on to the eighth and final Playoff spot in the West, but without their best player, the chances of making the postseason will be dramatically reduced.

Unless, of course, rookie point guard Darren Collison can continue to register jaw-dropping double-doubles (17 points, 18 assists in a starter’s role on Saturday night.) I wouldn’t hold my breath.