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Lakers' reserve center Theo Ratliff expected to sit out four to six weeks

November 16, 2010 | 10:37 am

After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Lakers reserve center Theo Ratliff is expected be sidelined from four to six weeks.

That means Ratliff could miss 15 to 21 games, if not more, beginning with Tuesday's 5 p.m. matchup at Milwaukee.

Ratliff has played a marginal role since joining the Lakers this offseason, averaging 0.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game, but his absence further depletes a thin front line. Lakers center Andrew Bynum has remained absent while rehabbing from offseason surgery on his right knee, though he's expected to practice next week.

Though both Lakers forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom have averaged double doubles, they rank first and second in minutes played. Odom also had an MRI Monday on his sore right foot, which showed he has a bone bruise.

-- Mark Medina

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