Due to a bothersome cyst on his left knee that Metta World Peace had drained prior to Game 3, the starting small forward will miss Sunday’s Game 4 against San Antonio, joining the large list of Lakers unavailable for the contest.
World Peace did not play in the second half of Game 3′s loss, watching from the bench as L.A. fell behind 0-3 in the series. Sitting next to him were Steve Blake (strained hamstring), Jodie Meeks (sprained ankle) and Steve Nash (back/hip/hamstring issues), as they will once again on Sunday (Kobe Bryant watched from the locker room).
Mike D’Antoni confirmed that none of those players will be available, leaving Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock as the starting backcourt for the second straight game. Earl Clark will slide into the starting line up for World Peace.
Goudelock scored 20 points with three steals in 40 minutes, while Morris went for 24 points and six assists in the losing effort.