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Lakers World Peace out 6 weeks, needs knee surgery

Updated: March 27, 2013, 4:28 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Lakers' push for the playoffs just got a whole lot tougher.

Lakers forward Metta World Peace, the team's best perimeter defender, is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He'll miss a minimum of six weeks, the team announced Wednesday.

That means that even if the Lakers get into the playoffs -- they're in eighth place in the West, just a game ahead of Utah and Dallas for the final spot -- he'd be sidelined ...

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