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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.

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