Metta World Peace's left knee is feeling strong again, and he wants to play.
That was the message World Peace had for reporters before Friday night's win. World Peace, who has undergone platelet-rich plasma therapy on his troublesome knee, suited up for the first time since Dec. 27. He said he believed he could help the team, though he wasn't sure his coach would see it that way.
"I'm not sure what his plan is, but I'm ready," World Peace said of Mike Woodson. "I had a pretty good preseason. I had a good start of the season. Real consistently, it didn't translate into playing time."
World Peace, who did not play Friday night, originally said he wasn't planning to come back until sometime next week. He said moving up his return had nothing to do with Andrea Bargnani's recent elbow injury.
Said World Peace: "I could always help. I think I've proved that I could play earlier in the season and preseason. I felt early in the game, there were a lot of games where I could help, especially in the fourth quarter."
Before the game, Woodson said of World Peace, "He practiced Thursday. I don't think his conditioning is probably where it should be, so we're just going to have to gauge it."
No timetable for Bargnani
Woodson said before the game that the team is not giving any kind of timetable for Bargnani's return. He tore a ligament in his left elbow Wednesday when he was fouled on a drive to the basket against the 76ers and hit the floor hard.
"He is out indefinitely," Woodson said, "so we've got to move on until he's able to get back in uniform."