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The 80 or 90 percent chance that Mike D'Antoni put on Metta World Peace playing is now 100 percent as the wing man returns to the Lakers much earlier than expected.

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Metta World Peace will play Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Lakers face the New Orleans Hornets, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles. On Monday Mike D'Antoni speculated that there was an "80 or 90 percent chance" that World Peace would be back in action.

It has been two weeks since World Peace underwent knee surgery on a torn meniscus, but he is ready to get back on the floor, which give the Lakers a boost as they finish their season.

While he will play in the game, he will not be starting. Instead, he is expected to come off the bench. No matter his position with the team, having another wing player to add to the rotation as the Lakers have been playing extra shorthanded as injuries had knocked both World Peace and Steve Nash out over the last two weeks.

The Lakers enter their final back-to-back of the season which ends on the road in Portland.

- Drew

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