His top-of-the-key three-pointer sealed a crucial victory. His energy and physical play provided a needed spark. His penchant for finding open teammates ensured a solidly-run offense.
Metta World Peace's play in the Lakers' 96-91 victory Wednesday against the Clippers reflected everything needed in a starter. So much that Lakers Coach Mike Brown openly entertained the idea that World Peace could return to the starting lineup after spending all of this season as the team's sixth man. But World Peace demonstrated in a 100-89 loss Saturday to the Milwaukee Bucks why that wouldn't help the Lakers.
Just when World Peace believed he had turned a corner in his focus and conditioning, he scored little (four points), shot ill-advised three-pointers (one for five) and provided the worst plus-minus rating. In other words, the same unreliable output he's delivered most of the season.