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Laker Matt Barnes Likely To Have Knee Surgery Tuesday

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Ariza #1 of the New Orleans Hornets shoots against Matt Barnes #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ariza #1 of the New Orleans Hornets shoots against Matt Barnes #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes is likely to have surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, an injury expected to sideline him for several weeks.

The Lakers announced the probable date of Barnes’ surgery Sunday night before hosting the New York Knicks. They haven’t projected a definite timetable for his recovery.

Barnes was hurt during Friday night’s win over New Orleans when he came down awkwardly on his leg while battling Jarrett Jack for a rebound. An MRI on Saturday revealed a torn lateral meniscus.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson says Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Luke Walton all will log more minutes in the absence of Barnes, who is averaging 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season with Los Angeles.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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