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Metta World Peace has meniscus tear in knee, out for a while

Mar 26, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

Tyreke Evans, Metta World Peace AP

The Lakers perimeter defense is a mess this season — Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and Jodie Meeks are not good defenders. Kobe Bryant can be but is prone to gambling. The result is Dwight Howard left trying to clean up too many messes.

Metta World Peace is the one guy the Lakers count on to alter that dynamic, plus he is really the only true small forward worth anything on the roster.

But the Lakers are going to have to be without him for a while.

World Peace tweaked his knee in the first half against Golden State (and sat out the second half). He had an MRI Tuesday and the news for the Lakers is not good, reports Dave McMenamin at ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ snake-bit season continued Tuesday with Metta World Peace receiving an MRI in Minneapolis on his left knee that showed a lateral meniscus tear.

World Peace will return to Los Angeles where he will be examined Wednesday by team doctor Steve Lombardo, forcing him to miss that night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

There is no timetable for his return yet. World Peace tweeted he hopes it will be a week and a half, but players tend to be optimistic about these things. People around the team expect it to be longer.

Look for Earl Clark to be back in the Lakers starting lineup until World Peace can play again. Coach Mike D’Antoni likely also will play around with a smaller lineup of Nash, Meeks and Kobe moving over to the three.

It comes at a bad time for a Lakers team that has lost three in a row and is just one game ahead of Utah for the final playoff spot in the West and 1.5 ahead of Dallas (heading into Tuesday night). The Lakers need wins and World Peace had been a reliable three-point shooter and defender for them in a season when little else has been dependable. The Lakers will miss him.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    smh. Lakers are losing even off the court.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Earl is just going to have to regain his mojo.

  3. adoombray - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    if the Lakers miss the post-season because Metta World Peace got hurt, Suns fans might finally forgive him for the dagger 3 that ended 7 seconds or less.

  4. zxrated - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    This could be a blessing in disguise. Nash, Kobe, Clark, Gasol and Howard is my dream starting line up. If only D’antoni would ditch the small ball fetish. Ebanks should get some burn also.

  5. 303bengalguy - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Ball don’t lie, and neither does karma.

  6. rj2323 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Sign Tracy Mcgrady

  7. xli2006 - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    How many Lakers and Wizards articles can one blog site write?

    80% the entire content up on the PBT main page is Lakers and the f’n Wizards.

    The Lakers could be the most over covered near-.500 team in history.

  8. badintent - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Metta just wanted/needed a break from Kobe’s yap.

    • davidly - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:30 AM

      While I don’t agree with the premise of sentiment of your comment, it sure made me laugh.

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