As he’s labored for the past seven games through a surgically repaired left knee, Lakers forward Metta World Peace had 20 ccs of liqud drained from a cyst in that knee Friday morning.
“My knee is in really good shape,” World Peace tweeted with a photo of himself holding a syringe filled with fluid. “The last two games this Bakers Cyst was tough to play with. Just drained it. Whoa!
The cyst isn’t related to World Peace’s knee surgery. On March 28, World Peace had torn cartilage removed from his knee and missed only seven games. But since that stretch, World Peace has only averaged 7.57 points on 33.9 percent shooting, a steep drop off from his season averages of 12.4 points on a 40.3 percent clip. With the Lakers nursing a 0-2 deficit in their first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers expressed optimism World Peace’s procedure will give him a lift in Game 3 tonight at Staples Center.
“He has to play anyway,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But that will make him feel better. He’ll be ready to go.”
The Lakers are nursing other injuries.
There’s Kobe Bryant’s season-ending left torn Achilles’ tendon. Steve Blake will remained sidelined indefinitely because of a strained right hamstring. Both Steve Nash (right hamstring) and Jodie Meeks (left ankle) are considered doubtful tonight, leaving the strong possibility that second-year guards Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock will start in the backcourt.
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