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It had been 20 days since Metta World Peace last slipped on his practice jersey with a game to play the next day.

Back on April 22, in the Los Angeles Lakers’ penultimate game in the regular season, World Peace threw his left elbow and connected with the head of Oklahoma City’s James Harden. The mercurial forward hasn’t had a game to look forward to since.

After serving the seven-game suspension levied by the NBA for the Harden hit, World Peace is set to return for Game 7 of the Lakers’ first-round series against the Denver Nuggets.

As his team is teetering, having lost two in a row and three of the past four against the Nuggets to tie the series at 3-3, World Peace did not want his return to the lineup to throw the Lakers off any more.

“(Saturday) is more about, kind of like all bets are off,” World Peace said before the Lakers practiced on Friday. “All in. Whatever we have to do as a team. It’s not about what I can and what I can’t do. It’s about really what I’m going to do.”

– Reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA