Not that it's really surprising this season, the Lakers had just lost Metta World Peace for the remainder of the regular season…and beyond.
In their team report posted on Wednesday, Metta will undergo surgery to fix the torn meniscus on his left knee on Thursday in Los Angeles by the team doctors. He's expected to return in at least 6 weeks.
MWP apparently injured his knee after slipping on some wet spot on the court against the Warriors on Monday. He complained of feeling some fluid in the back of his knee during halftime in the team's locker room to coach Mike D'Antoni, who then advised Metta to sit the rest of the game out.
The injury was initially reported as a strained knee but changed to a torn meniscus after an MRI test.
The loss of Metta comes at a time when the Lakers are having trouble finding anyone willing to put forth any resemblance of passion on the defensive end. Throughout the season, World Peace has been the team's most reliable defender before Dwight Howard started getting healthy and shaping into form. His absence, needless to say, couldn't have come at a worst time.
But if the pattern of what happens when key players are out with injuries continues, the Lakers could find a way to rise again. Perhaps, Devin Ebanks can finally tear off those dusty warm-ups and see time on the floor for the first time since the last ice age. Either that or D'Antoni becoming a bit more mindful of his starters' minutes.
Nevertheless, the focus for the Lakers right now is to get back to winning and hold on to that 8th spot in the west…with or without MWP.
In the 70 games he played this season, Metta is averaging 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.