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Matt Barnes with a torn meniscus, out a while

Posted on: January 8, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 9:26 pm
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Barnes tweeted he'll be out eight weeks after his surgery.

Per Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times on Twitter, Laker forward Matt Barnes has a torn lateral meniscus on his right knee and will miss "several weeks." No timetable is set yet as Barnes will have surgery next week.

Barnes had an MRI today that revealed the tear.

While Barnes isn't a big name or a huge producer for the Lakers, his loss could be somewhat significant. He's been a big part of their bench this season, actually player better in stretches than Ron Artest. Barnes gives the Lakers an extra defensive-minded player off the bench, but can also knock down an open 3.

The Lakers have Luke Walton and rookie Devin Ebanks, but neither have near the toughness or skill as Barnes. There's a good chance that Phil Jackson actually won't go deep into his bench looking for help, but instead just using the extremely versatile Lamar Odom at both backup power forward and small forward.

Kobe Bryant has been battling some knee issues all season, Steve Blake had a small ankle tweak and Odom has been a little banged up. Injuries are part of any season, but nothing that substantial has hit. Until now, of course.

Just when the Lakers appeared to finally be getting kind of healthy with Andrew Bynum's return, of course something goes wrong. Again, it's Matt Barnes not someone that important, but nevertheless, depth is something teams really value, especially in the postseason.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 10:34 am

Matt Barnes with a torn meniscus, out a while

Hopefully Matt can get healthy and return for the playoff run. In the meantime we gotta show a lil confidence in Ron; he played huge for us last year. The rookie Ebanks is a good player & should benefit from this injury to Matt by getting a few more minutes.
I think we still can compete at a high level. We must concentrate on two areas: running the offense & better team defense.
Go Lakers!

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:29 am

Matt Barnes with a torn meniscus, out a while

Great commentary, wow! Anyways, this is a HUGE loss for the Lake show. Barnes was a crutial part of our bench play. I hope he recovers well and returns soon... thankfully Bynum is getting healthy, but maybe we can use these 8 weeks to actually develop a younger player, which Phil obviously doesn't like doing.

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:58 am

Matt Barnes with a torn meniscus, out a while

This site needs some good editors. I consistently see grammatical errors here.

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