For all the unpredictability surrounding this season, there's one area where the Lakers have remained uncomfortably consistent.

They've piled up injuries.

The latest victim is Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who had an MRI Tuesday in Minneapolis that showed a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee.

"First ever knee injury," World Peace posted in a tweet that was soon deleted. "Recovery time hopefully is a week and a half."

Unlikely.

World Peace will head back to Los Angeles, where team doctor Steve Lombardo is scheduled to evaluate him today. The Lakers then will provide a timetable for his absence, which will include tonight's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Former Lakers forward Matt Barnes had a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee in the 2010-11 season. The surgery and subsequent rehab sidelined him for 26 games.

"I can't wait to get back," tweeted World Peace, who has averaged 12.8 points on 40.5 percent shooting in 34.6 minutes per game. "But our team is so good. We will win and get into the playoffs."

The Lakers (36-35) have a one-game lead over the Utah Jazz (35-36) for the eighth playoff spot with 11 games remaining.

World Peace's left knee injury happened during an unspecified play in the second quarter of the Lakers' 109-103 loss Monday to the Golden State Warriors. He then missed the second half.