MINNEAPOLIS -- The Lakers lost another starter Wednesday for a long time.
Metta World Peace will be sidelined at least six weeks after he undergoes surgery Thursday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, the team announced Wednesday.
World Peace will miss the final 11 games of the Lakers' regular season, which ends April 17.
The earliest he'll return would be for the Western Conference semifinals, which makes two large assumptions -- that the Lakers make the playoffs and somehow advance past the first round.
World Peace's absence certainly won't help the Lakers, who are already shaky defensively.
"It's tough to offset it, but everybody has to pick up the slack," Dwight Howard said. "That's all we can do."