MINNEAPOLIS The Lakers will play without Metta World Peace Wednesday night and for the rest of the season. The team announced earlier that day that the small forward will miss at least six weeks in order to undergo surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee, leaving the Lakers' roster again in flux.
In the short term, the injury will help the Timberwolves, who will not face quite as massive a mismatch at shooting guard, where they've been playing the undersized Luke Ridnour for much of the season. The Lakers will be forced to go small, starting both Jodie Meeks and Kobe Bryant two shooting guards and Ridnour will likely guard the shorter (and less talented) Meeks.
"That helps quite a bit size-wise, and we keep our same rotation," Rick Adelman said before the game. "If that's how it's going to go, it's going to help us in that way."
D'Antoni has stressed throughout the day that not one player will assume World Peace's duties, an...