Metta World Peace strains left knee against Golden State

OAKLAND — As he continuously applied lotion his strained left knee, Lakers forward Metta Word Peace vowed one thing.

“It’s not in pain,” he said.

But even the player that Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni described as a “tough guy” conceded uncertainty on whether he would stay sidelined when the Lakers play Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers will reevaluate him on the team’s day off on Tuesday.

After injuring his left knee in a second-quarter play he couldn’t remember, World Peace missed the entire second half of the Lakers’ 109-103 loss Monday to the Golden State Warriors.

“He said the back of his knee was bothering him,” D’Antoni said. “I told him if it’s bothering him you can’t go out. He’s really hurting. That’s why we held him.”

The injury sounds bad.

“I couldn’t really walk,” said World Peace, who posted seven points, two steals and one assist in 19 minutes. “I tried to shoot, but I couldn’t run.”

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