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Matt Barnes expects to be out for eight weeks

January 9, 2011 | 10:00 pm

After he has  surgery Tuesday to repair a torn lateral meniscus on his right knee, Lakers forward Matt Barnes said he expects to sit out for eight weeks. Although the Lakers aren't giving an official timetable until after his surgery, Barnes said he received that assessment from team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo, who will perform the surgery the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

"I'll be all right," Barnes said in a brief moment in the Lakers hallway following their 109-87 victory Sunday against the New York Knicks. "I got the kids running around. They'll keep me company."

Barnes suffered the injury after landing off-balance while pursuing a rebound Friday against New Orleans, a blow to the Lakers considering he averaged 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes off the bench through aggressive and efficient play.

"He creates a lot of easy shots," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said of Barnes. "He's a kind of kid we don't have to run anything special for him. He finds things out of the flow with what we do. He runs himself into baskets. Defensively, his activity is helpful."

--Mark Medina

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