Barnes out eight weeks

Matt Barnes will be sidelined for about eight weeks after undergoing surgery to mend the torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, the team said today. Steve Lombardo, the team’s physician performed the operation at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.Barnes, who was injured in the first half of the Lakers’ victory Friday over New Orleans, is averaging 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 20.8 minutes. Ron Artest and Luke Walton are expected to receive more playing time while Barnes, a backup forward, is out.

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