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Matt Barnes has knee surgery; Lakers expect him to miss eight weeks

January 11, 2011 | 11:53 am

Barnes_400 Lakers forward Matt Barnes underwent surgery Tuesday morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, and he will miss about eight weeks, according to the Lakers.

Barnes was injured while pursuing a rebound Friday against New Orleans. He was averaging 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers.

Barnes, 30, will miss about 20 games if he returns close to the team's timetable.

The surgery was performed by team physician Steve Lombardo at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Matt Barnes, right, gets tied up with New Orleans Hornets guard Jarrett Jack on Jan. 7. Barnes injured his knee on the play when he landed. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press