Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Metta World Peace banned 1 game
By Dave McMenamin
NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Lakers will be without two starters when they take on the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
Metta World Peace is suspended one game for an altercation with Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the Lakers' 98-97 win over Detroit on Sunday, the NBA announced Tuesday.
Dwight Howard, meanwhile, will miss his third straight game with a sore right shoulder.
"I'm in no rush," Howard said. "Don't want to reinjure it. So, got to make sure it heals up."
Howard aggravated a partially torn labrum in his shoulder in the Lakers' 92-86 loss to the Phoenix Suns last week.
"I'm looking forward to our team coming out and having another good game," Howard said when asked whether he was looking forward to seeing Brooklyn and the Barclays Center, where he once wanted to play. "That's the biggest thing. We need another win, we're playing against a good team, and it's gonna be a challenge."
World Peace was charged with a flagrant foul 1 Sunday, and Knight said he didn't believe that punishment was severe enough because he was hit with a fist.
"The play needs to be reviewed because he definitely threw a punch," Knight told reporters after the game. "It felt like he threw a punch. That's why I reacted the way I did.
"The play was over, and he grabbed me around the neck. If someone grabs you around the neck, you're not just going to let that happen. You do what you need to get that person off you."
"I have faith that they looked at it and they felt it was worth (a suspension), so we have to go forward," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Antawn Jamison will start in place of World Peace, who has had several suspensions in his 14-year career, including an 86-game suspension in 2004 for his role in the infamous brawl with Detroit Pistons fans.
"I'm sure that goes into it," D'Antoni said when asked if he felt that World Peace's history of on-court transgressions led to the suspension. "I think from their philosophy or policy that everything goes into it. They look at the player, they look at who did it and past experiences and they go over it like that."
World Peace and Knight tussled under the hoop with 1:43 remaining in the second quarter while going for the rebound after Greg Monroe was called for a shooting foul on a shot attempt by Pau Gasol. Play was stopped, and an official timeout was signaled so the referees could assess the situation.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Kieran Darcy and The Associated Press was used in this report.