Lakers' Metta World Peace strains knee

The Los Angeles Lakers are struggling again.  They're struggling to find wins, and they're struggling with injuries.  Metta World Peace is the latest Laker to battle an injury at an inopportune time.  He had to leave the Lakers' loss to the Golden State Warriors last night with knee pain.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, MWP felt soreness in the back of his knee and told coach Mike D'Antoni that he felt a fluid build up behind the knee.  MWP wouldn't say for sure there was a fluid build-up when asked, but he was unable to return to last night's game.  He will continue to be evaluated and is considered day-to-day.

The Lakers ended up losing last night's contest 109-103.  The loss drops them to 36-25.  They are just one game up on the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff picture.  The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but they have now lost three-straight games.

MWP has been a solid contributor for the Lakers.  Any period of time he misses will hurt the team.  MWP is averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.  In his career, he has averaged 14.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

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