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Lakers' Matt Barnes has torn cartilage in his right knee, will miss several weeks

January 8, 2011 |  3:04 pm


Lakers reserve forward Matt Barnes sustained torn cartilage in his right knee and will miss several weeks after undergoing surgery in the next few days.

The Lakers declined to release a definitive timetable until after the procedure, but the tear was confirmed after Barnes underwent an MRI exam Saturday morning. The injury is similar to the one that sidelined former Lakers guard Jordan Farmar for five weeks during the 2008-09 season.

Barnes was injured while pursuing a rebound in the second quarter of Friday's game against New Orleans. Barnes was off balance when he landed and said afterward that he feared cartilage damage. He was not available for comment Saturday.

Before Friday’s game, Barnes was averaging 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers.

"We’re going to lose speed and quickness at that position," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.

Kobe Bryant will log some time at small forward, and Luke Walton will also get a bump in playing time, Jackson said. Rookie small forward Devin Ebanks was recalled from the Development League earlier in the day. Ebanks averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in five games with the Bakersfield Jam.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes reacts after falling to the court and injuring his right knee on Friday night in a game against New Orleans. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press