Lakers’ Metta World Peace ‘probably’ out for Game 4

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace had his knee drained prior to Game 3, and his play was clearly impacted by the procedure. In speaking with reporters – including Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles – after the game, World Peace referred to himself as the “weak link” and said that he “probably” will not play in Sunday’s Game 4 matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.

World Peace shot 0-for-6 from the field last night, while he didn’t pick up a single rebound against the Spurs. He was on the court for 17 minutes in the first half, but he remained on the sidelined through the second.

In sitting out Game 4, World Peace believes he’d be giving the Lakers a better chance to win.

"I wasn't effective," World Peace said. "There's no sense when we got guys that can win, why not let them win. We'll win Sunday, then I'll be better and then go to San Antonio [for Game 5 on Tuesday] and I'll be really good that day."

World Peace had roughly 20 CCs of liquid drained from a popliteal cyst in his left leg yesterday morning. He expects the procedure to help his play increase, but he doesn’t believe he’ll be able to return closer to full strength until Game 5. Earl Clark received most of the minutes that would have otherwise gone to World Peace.

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