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Lakers' Metta World Peace has torn lateral meniscus in left knee

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has a knee injury and sent back home for evaluation. (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images) Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has a knee injury and sent back home for evaluation. (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee and has returned to Los Angeles for more evaluation, reports the Orange County Register.

It is not known if World Peace will miss any action. World Peace strained his knee in Monday's 109-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors and did not return to the game. He had seven points and two steals in 19 minutes before leaving the game.

World Peace is averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 70 games this season for the Lakers (36-35) who are hanging on to the final Western Conference playoff berth. The Lakers have lost three games in a row.

From an ESPN.com report on the injury:

"He said that the back of his knee was bothering him and I told him, 'Well, if it's bothering you, you just can't go out,'" Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He's just really hurting, so that's why we held him (out), but I don't know what that means."

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