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Metta World Peace says he likely sits out Game 4 because of knee. Sure he does.

Apr 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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At this point, what’s another injured Laker having to sit out?

Metta World Peace tried to give it a go Friday night against San Antonio — he’d had fluid removed from his knee less than 24 hours before but tried to get out on the court. He was moving stiffly and shot 0-6 in the first half. Coach Mike D’Antoni sat him in the second half.

Now World Peace says he may sit out Game 4 Sunday as well (a literal must-win game for a Lakers team down 3-0 to the Spurs in a best-of-seven).

“I’ll probably sit out Sunday,” World Peace said after the game. “Then these guys will be at full strength and they’ll be a strong five for a consistent game. We lacked that tonight. I was the weak link tonight, I missed defensive assignments and went short on a lot of shots. I couldn’t hustle on defense.”

I bet Mike D’Antoni talks to him and we hear a different story by Sunday. What is MWP saving himself for?

If he sits Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison likely would get more minutes (more good reasons D’Antoni should push him to play). And I don’t know who else because Mike D’Antoni is running out of bodies.

Kobe Bryant and Steve Blake are both out for the Lakers Sunday as well, while Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks missed Game 3 and are doubtful for Game 4. Jordan Hill is playing but is limited off hip surgery.

Also doubtful for Game 4 are the Lakers chances of extending the series against a team that beat them by 31 Friday night.

  1. psung26 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    No Westbrook, Kobe, Rose, or Rondo in the playoffs? Snooooooze. Heat were gonna win it anyway and now it’s a virtual lock.

    Can we get Wade to DNP for the rest of the playoffs to make things a little fairer? Jeez

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      I wish I had I had a $10 spot every time someone handed Miami the title.

      • psung26 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        I’ll wager you $10 that Miami wins, how about that?

  2. senorpapino - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    With or without World Peace its over. They have been decimated by injuries and San Antonio is a superior team.

  3. progress2011 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Lets look at the FACTS !!!

    MWPs Productivity:
    * 14 pts per game
    * 5 boards per game
    * 3 Assists per game
    * 0.417 (FYI: that’s less than 50%) Shooting Percentage
    * 0.342 (FYI: that’s less than 40%) From 3 point range

    The only reason it EVER matters if he plays, is the opposing team can rest knowing the aspiring MMA fighter won’t throw an elbow or put someone in a sleeper hold.

    He has journeyman talents AT BEST ! If it is significant to the fakers that he plays….well they might get blown out by 50, if he doesn’t play.

    AHAHAHAHAAH

  4. mazblast - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I love it when a team and its fans start strutting long before a single game has been played. How’s that team of veteran superstars working out for you, Lakers?

  5. kobeluver - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Lets hope today is a 40 point blowout!

    Please say your goodbyes to lakerluver today. He foolishly made a bet with me thinking the lakers would make it out of the 2nd round.

    As of midnite PST, he is off this site for good.

    You’re welcome.

  6. omniusprime - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Better if World Peace does sit out this last game of the playoffs for the Lakers so he doesn’t injure himself any further, last thing the Lakers need right now is another 1st string player injured badly. Too bad Dumbtoni was too ignorant to know when to sit Kobe to avoid a serious injury, for that alone Dumbtoni should be run out of town.

    Now all that matters is getting playing time for the young players like Morris and Goudelock. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of Trash Nash and Steve Flake in Laker uniforms, both have been serious disappointments. Let’s hope that Kupcake and that moron Jerky Boy Jimmie have wised up and do better bringing in better personnel.

    For how much of himself Kobe gave to the Lakers and how he singlehandedly forced them into the playoffs Kobe deserves the MVP award, not that prancing Queen James whom the idiot pundits go crazy over for no good reason. I have a good feeling that Kobe will be starting the first regular season game of next season, he is the King of Rehab!

    I just want to see the Lakers finish this game with class and no more injuries. I just wish that they didn’t make the playoffs so that Dumbtoni would have to be fired, now we can only hope the idiotic Laker mismanagement duo wises up and fires Dumbtoni tomorrow so we can get a better coach.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Away Trash Nash and Steve Flake!!! Get Well Soonest Kobe!!! Thanks Dr. Buss!!!

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