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Lakers forward Matt Barnes to get MRI Thursday on surgically repaired right knee

June 9, 2011 |  1:30 pm


After spending the last month rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee, Lakers forward Matt Barnes plans Thursday to get an MRI.

"Bout to take my post season MRI knees feeling better," Barnes tweeted. "I'm sure the MRI will say the same thing.."

Following Mike Brown's introductory press conference 10 days ago, Barnes said that he no longer felt pain in his knee, though swelling still remained and he was told he's about a month away from running and jumping. Barnes spent the last month getting treatment and keeping his knee attached to a compression machine that helped reduce the pain, swelling, tissue damage and muscle spasms by instantly freezing water. He wore the device three to four times a day for 30 minutes each session ever since tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee nearly Jan. 7 in a regular season game against the New Orleans Hornets.

Barnes, who averaged 6.7 points per game on 47% shooting per game last season, initially proved to be a perfect fit off the bench, playing efficiently with sharp cuts, hustle plays and defense. But Barnes' play self-admittadly dropped after the surgery, leading him to believe he should return back to normal after he fully recovers from his first surgery in his nine-year career. Barnes' injury situation, coupled with the Lakers' sweep to Dallas in the Western Conference semifinals, also factored into his decision in planning to exercise his $1.91 million option to return next season to the Lakers. 

"The bitter taste in my mouth from here on out drove me to not want to go anywhere else," he said after the Brown press conference. "I want to come back to right the ship."

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes goes for a layup ahead of the defensive pressure of New Orleans guard Quincy Pondexter in the second half of a playoff game at Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / March 27, 2011