Things just keep getting worse for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Metta World Peace was injured during Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors and didn't return after halftime due to torn cartilage in his knee, though it was originally diagnosed as a strain.
Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times tweeted:
Injury news gets worse for Lakers. Metta World Peace has torn cartilage in his knee, returning to LA. Timetable for return unknown.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 27, 2013
Metta says on Twitter he'll be back in 1.5 weeks from torn knee cartilage. It's safe to say the Lakers are not as optimistic as him.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 27, 2013
Even though his shooting percentage isn't great, the forward is still good for double digit points on average, and more importantly, he's the only guy who plays consistent defense, besides Dwight Howard. That's an area where the Lakers are particularly lacking.
Metta, who is always optimistic tweeted:
I can't wait to get backBut our team is so goodWe will win and get into the playoffs— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) March 27, 2013
The team is good enough to make it into the playoffs if they can find a way to play together and get the ball to Dwight Howard, and maybe Metta will be back by then to help them down the stretch.
Nonetheless, this is a serious blow to the team.